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Significant Minority of Canadians Believe COVID-19 Misinformation, Rivalling Long-Established Conspiracy Theories

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Vancouver, Canada, April 30, 2021 –(PR.com)– A new poll by Insights West finds that various COVID-19 conspiracy theories are believed by a sizeable minority of Canadians across the country, at levels that rival many conspiracy theories that have been circulating for decades.

Conspiracy theories relating to the pandemic have been around for over a year, and a substantial minority of Canadians think there is truth in these theories. A significant number of Canadians (37%) believe that COVID-19 was created in a lab and escaped by mistake, and nearly as many (31%) believe in a more sinister variant of this conspiracy – that it was created in a lab intentionally as a biological weapon. Males are much more likely than females to believe these two theories (both 12 percentage points higher than for females); BC and English Quebec residents are less likely relative to residents in other provinces to believe either. Conservative voters in…

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