By Samuel Case
American’s view of China has been less than glowing over the last few months and grows dimmer as the days pass. According to a new poll by Pew Research Center 73% of Americans have a negative opinion of China, which is an increase of 26% since 2018. “Since March alone, negative views of China have increased by 7 points,” Pew reports.
Much of this negativity is likely due to COVID-19, with 64% of Americans disapproving of China’s handling of the outbreak and more than 75% placing at least a “fair amount of blame” for the pandemic on China. As far as President Xi Jinping is concerned “77% have little or no confidence” in his leadership.
When broken down by political party, Republicans tend to have a more unfavorable view of China than Democrats. 83% of Republicans said they view China unfavorably while 68% of Democrats held the same view. When asked about China’s handling of the coronavirus, 82% of Republicans say the country has done a bad job and 54% of Democrats say the same.
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Sourced from Pew Research Center