Americans Are Starting to Like China More, Survey Says

Americans Are Starting to Like China More, Survey SaysAmericans Are Starting to Like China More, Survey Says
Khier Casino
April 5, 2017
Although Donald Trump anticipates a “very difficult” meeting with Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago this week, 44% of Americans have gained positive views of China, according to a recent survey.
That figure is up from 37% in 2016, but China’s unfavorability has dropped from 55% to 47% over the past year, according to Shanghaiist, citing a Pew Research Center survey that was released on Tuesday.
The change of attitude toward China seems to stem from the fact that Americans have suddenly become less concerned about the $1 trillion U.S. debt held by China, the supposed loss of jobs, and the trade deficit — the three main issues Trump has repeatedly used during his election campaign to bash the country.
However, older Americans tend to express a more negative attitude toward China, with 71% of Republicans feel that losing jobs to China is a huge problem for the U.S., compared with 47% of Democrats.
On the topic of China’s impact on the environment, 63% of Democrats consider it to be a major concern, compared with just 44% of Republicans.
But overall, Americans are more worried about China’s economy rather than its military power, with 58% of respondents saying that the U.S. should use force to offer support to any Asian ally against Beijing in the event that a military conflict occurs.
In a 2016 Pew Global survey, people in China saw the U.S. as a the top threat to their country, instead of climate change, Russia and ISIS.
On the other hand, 60% of Americans do not have too much confidence in President Xi when it comes to handling world affairs, but at least 31% do.
In another Pew Research Center poll, negative attitudes toward North Korea are shared across demographic groups, with 78% of Americans holding an unfavorable view of the communist nation ruled by Kim Jong Un.
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