The survey, conducted by Pew Research Center found that 66% of American adults have a negative impression of China. The figures have increased by 30 points since 2010 and are rising sharply since 2017.
On the contrary, favorable options of China make up just 26% of adults in the US.
The Republicans and Democrats usually have conflicting opinions. However, in this case, the majority of the members in both parties view China unfavorably, with Republicans at 72% and Democrats at 62%.
In total, 71% of Americans over the age of 50 have an unfavorable view of China while 67% of those aged 30 – 49 are discriminatory towards the country.
The results of the survey signify that a vast majority of Americans are viewing China as a threat to the USA. According to the study, around 9 in 10 Americans view the Kingdom of China as a threat to their country while 62% find Chinese as a MAJOR threat.
The biggest concerns of Americans around China is their impact on the environment while there are also some apprehensions related to cyber attacks from the country, trade deficit, and the loss of jobs.
With time, Americans are starting to feel more threatened by China – for reasons that are not connected with the COVID-19. However, the virus does serve as a focal point that is allowing many US nationals along with government officials and politicians to address their criticisms more openly.
The COVID-19 or the coronavirus was first discovered in the Wuhan district of China in late December. Since then, it has rapidly spread globally affecting over 2,900,000 individuals with 202,100 deaths. The United States is the most impacted by the virus with cases spread to all 50 states, reaching a total of 946,921 – as of this writing.
Rumors suggest that the virus is not a natural pandemic – but lab-grown in China. Due to the bitter relationship between China and America, some critics are also saying that Chinese authorities have deliberately released the virus to distress the USA.