In the US and many other advanced economies, unfavorable views on China have risen over the past year, according to a survey of 14 countries conducted by the Pew Research Center in the US on Tuesday.
The poll, conducted from June 10th to August 3rd, found that a majority in each of the countries polled had an unfavorable view of China. A total of 14,276 adults were interviewed by telephone.
In Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United States, South Korea, Spain, and Canada, negative attitudes reached their highest levels since Pew began polling on the subject more than a decade ago.
The results are against the background of the coronavirus pandemic in China and the application by US President Donald Trump for re-election on November 3, a campaign in which China was a major foreign policy issue.
According to the Pew report, a median of 61 percent of respondents in the countries surveyed said China had done a bad job with the outbreak, while 37 percent said it did a good job.
Only the United States received a more negative rating from respondents. A median of 84 percent said they treated the outbreak poorly.
The report said that perceptions of Beijing’s handling of the pandemic had affected people’s overall view of China, with those who believed it did a poor job being far more likely to have an unfavorable view of the country.
The same applies to people’s trust in Chinese President Xi Jinping. A median of 78 percent across the 14 countries indicated “not having too much or no trust in Xi to do the right thing about world affairs”.
Even among those who rated China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak positively, no more than four in ten said they trust Xi, Pew said.
Even as concerns about Xi increased, the poll found that most countries had more confidence in him than in US President Donald Trump. In Germany, 78 percent said they did not trust Xi – 89 percent said the same thing about Trump.
China did relatively well when it came to perceiving economic strength, and only in the US, Japan, and South Korea did more people consider America the world‘s leading economic power.
The countries studied were Australia, Belgium, Great Britain, Canada and Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United States.
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