Americans and Chinese grow more wary of each other [Pew Research Center]

by Richard Wike

June 5, 2013

…tensions between the publics of these two superpowers [the USA and China] are on the rise.

American attitudes toward China have turned sharply negative over the last two years. According to a new Pew Research Center poll findings not yet released in a report, 52% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of China, while just 37% express a favorable view. In 2011, the balance of opinion was just the opposite – 51% held a favorable opinion, while just 36% gave China an unfavorable rating.

Americans are especially concerned about the economic threat from China. A 2012 Pew Research Center poll found majorities of Americans said it was a very serious problem to have the loss of U.S. jobs to China; the large U.S. debt held by China; and the U.S. trade deficit with China (the poll was conducted in collaboration with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and other partners – see here for more information).

For their part, the Chinese increasingly see the U.S. in a negative light as well. In spring 2010, a few months after a visit to China by President Obama, 58% of Chinese expressed a favorable opinion of the U.S. Today, more than half of Chinese hold an unfavorable view (53% have an unfavorable view v. 40% favorable view)…

Full article link: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/06/05/americans-and-chinese-grow-more-wary-of-each-other/

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See also the contradictory article based on a Gallup survey: “Most US citizens positive on China” by Joseph Boris [People’s Daily] — http://english.people.com.cn/90777/8277575.html

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