Many Americans Fault China for Its Role in the Spread of COVID-19
Unfavorable views of China have reached an historic high
Americans’ views of China have continued to sour, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Today, 73 percent 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 the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Around two-thirds of Americans (64 percent) say China has done a bad job dealing with the outbreak. Around three-quarters (78 percent) 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.
Faith in President Xi Jinping to do the right thing in world affairs has also deteriorated: 77 percent have little or no confidence in him, up 6 percentage points since March and 27 points since last year.
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