A poll undertaken by the Pew Research Center revealed more Americans than ever hold ‘historically high’ negative views against China, as the pandemic rages on and elections near.
The research pointed out, 73% of Americans have negative connotations on China and demanded that the US should be more aggressive in handling Chinese affairs. This is an up to 26% uptick from a similar poll conducted in 2018.
According to the research, America’s views on China started to deteriorate since March, when the pandemic broke out in Wuhan, with the majority of US citizens holding China accountable for mishandling the outbreak.
America’s initial response to the pandemic was exactly the opposite of what it is today. “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus,” President Donald Trump tweeted.
“The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”
In numbers, 64% of Americans believe that China did a poor job in managing the outbreak; even more people – 78% – blame the Chinese Communist Party’s initial handling of the pandmeic as a thrust to the global spread of the disease.
The novel coronavirus originated in China’s Wuhan city in Hubei province which was the initial epicenter of the virus. Chinese authorities reportedly silenced the whistleblower doctor who later died of the virus and erupted a national protest.
Seventy-seven percent of the poll participants reported having little to no faith in Chinese President when it comes to taking the right action that affects global affairs.
Other reflections include, 68% of Americans say the present trade ties between the two global superpowers are faulted; 26% say China is an enemy to the US, which is almost double the numbers when a similar question was asked back in 2012. 57% of American’s feel China is the US’s competition while only 16% look to China as a partner nation.
Apart from the pandemic and trade-related dissent, an increasing number of Americans are demanding stricter US-actions on China’s aggressive handling of human rights and social issues in a number of cases.
America has been a staunch opponent in the recent controversial bill that China passed in Hong Kong to squelch the city-state’s pro-democracy voice. 73% of people say the US must promote human rights in China, even at a cost of harming economic ties.
China’s communist party under the Xi government has been engaged in some terrible practices like mass sterilizations, forced birth control like implementing intrauterine devices, and even abortion of hundreds of thousands of minority, predominantly Muslim population in China’s Xinjiang region, Associated Press reported.
In comparison, 23% of Americans think the US should continue with bilateral economic ties leaving aside pandemic-related charges. Also, 50% of Americans think America should hold China accountable for the spread of the disease.
The Pew Research Institute conducted the poll through telephonic conversation from June 16 to July 14.