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Wednesday, July 28 2021 - 02:08
CGTN: Global Online Poll Shows Tracing COVID-19 Origins Politicized
BEIJING, July 27, 2021 /PRNewswire-Asianet/ --

CGTN Think Tank has released a global online opinion poll, in which 80 percent 
of respondents believe that the issue of tracing of the origins of COVID-19 has 
been politicized.

The survey is available in several UN official languages, i.e. Chinese, 
English, Russian, French, Spanish and Arabic, and it was conducted from the 
early hours of July 24, Beijing time. As of 10 p.m., July 25, among netizens 
who participated in the survey:


Ninety percent of Spanish-speaking netizens agreed that the origin of COVID-19 
has been politicized; 88 percent of French-speaking, 83 percent of 
Russian-speaking, 70 percent of English-speaking and 68 percent of 
Arabic-speaking netizens agreed.


On average, 83 percent of English-speaking, Spanish-speaking, French-speaking, 
Arabic-speaking and Russian-speaking netizens agreed the origin of COVID-19 has 
been politicized.

Chinese Weibo:

As many as 95 percent of survey respondents believe "the issue on the origin of 
COVID-19 has been politicized," showing a high degree of consensus.

In analyzing the survey, CGTN Think Tank found certain keywords appeared 
frequently in these comments: "political pressure," "U.S. sanctions," "media 
control," "economic compensation," and "hold back the development of China."

The second of the three questions in the CGTN Think Tank's online poll is, "Do 
you support investigations into the origins of COVID-19 in multiple countries?"

The results of the survey show that 83 percent of the English, Spanish, French, 
Arabic, and Russian-speaking respondents on Twitter support origin-tracing 
investigations in multiple countries. The favorability rate on Facebook was 79 
percent, while the rate on Chinese Weibo was as high as 93 percent.

In response to the question from CGTN Think Tank, "What is the most pressing 
task to combat COVID-19 on a global scale?", a large number of global 
respondents chose the option of expanding vaccine supply, intensifying medical 
treatment and imposing a lockdown on the outbreak area among the five options 
available, namely expanding vaccine supply, intensifying medical treatment, 
immediately origin-tracing the virus, imposing a lockdown on the outbreak area, 
and lifting travel ban. They left aside the option of immediately 
origin-tracing the virus with a high degree of unanimity. On Twitter, only 
about 17 percent of respondents agreed with immediately origin-tracing the 
virus, while on Facebook, only 2 percent of Spanish-speaking respondents 
selected this option.

Source: CGTN

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