Unfavorable views of China reach new historic high, and a majority supports taking a tougher stand on human rights.
Americans’ views of China have continued to sour, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Today, 73% of U.S. adults say they have an unfavorable view of the country, up 26 percentage points since 2018. Since March alone, negative views of China have increased 7 points, and there is a widespread sense that China mishandled the initial outbreak and subsequent spread of COVID-19.
Around two-thirds of Americans (64%) say China has done a bad job dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. Around three-quarters (78%) place a great deal or fair amount of the blame for the global spread of the coronavirus on the Chinese government’s initial handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan.
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WNU Editor: The media hates it when President Trump calls the Covid-19 coronavirus the “China Virus” and/or blames China for the pandemic. But this PEW poll shows that the President is mirroring what a lot of Americans are thinking. As to what is my take. I am pissed with what has happened. I will never forgive China for making that decision in late January to close the epicentre of the epidemic (Hubei province) from the rest of China, but permitted overseas travel to continue thereby spreading the outbreak to the rest of the world. That decision alone has impacted you and I directly, has resulted in the death of 154,000 Americans (682,worldwide), and destroyed a good part of the global economy. 73% of U.S. adults say they have an unfavourable view of China. That number should really be 100%.
Update #2: This US Senator has a different point of view …. Feinstein: China Is ‘Growing Into a Respectable Nation’ (Washington Free Beacon).