Most U.S. Adults Blame China for COVID-19 Outbreak

From March 17-20, Morning Consult conducted an opinion poll of 2006 United States adults’ attitudes toward the COVID-19 outbreak—and who they think is to blame. The survey follows the widespread adoption of precautionary measures and shutdown of nonessential businesses across the United States, in addition to approximately 2000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of March 13.

As social distancing measures escalate and the number of confirmed cases continues to rise nationwide, the poll finds that 73% of United states adults place blame on China for the spread of the coronavirus, with 77% of all Republican voters holding China responsible. 65% of the American public also believes individuals who are disregarding advice from public health officials and not practicing social distancing are to blame. 43% of all voters blame President Trump for the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, which is largely driven by the Democratic voters. It is clear that the majority of the American public holds China responsible for the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, followed by the people who are not taking any precautionary measures against the virus.

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