Protected: The Pulse: U.S.-China Relations
The Pulse: Chinese Public Opinion
China’s staggering transformation from fractiousness and impoverishment into a leading superpower has placed the nation at the forefront of American public consciousness. As competition steepens between the world’s two greatest super powers, a slew of reputable polls paints a gloomy picture — Americans and Chinese citizens increasingly possess unfavorable and mistrustful views of one another.
According to a Gallup poll conducted in February 2021, the percentage of Americans who consider China the greatest enemy of the U.S. increased to 45%, a more than 100% increase since 2020. Likewise, a recent Pew Research Center survey found that 89% of American adults consider China as a “competitor or enemy” of the United States, while only 15% of Americans “have confidence in [Chinese President] to do the right thing regarding world affairs.” While ample surveys examine American attitudes towards China, representative surveys of Chinese attitudes towards the U.S. are rare.
The U.S.-China Perception Monitor is excited to partner with RIWI, a global leader in survey data collection, to initiate one of the first regularized opinion surveys assessing Chinese public opinion of the United States. Two questions were fielded in this wave of the survey. The first question assesses Chinese attitudes towards the United States (skip to this question). The second question assesses how Chinese citizens think China is perceived internationally (skip to this question). The survey results are random and representative of the Chinese internet-using population (n = 3,391). To read more about the methodology of this survey, please click here.
CHINESE ATTITUDES AT A GLANCE
Question #1 asked recipients to indicate their attitude towards the United States (你对美国的看法如何?). Respondents could answer ‘Very Favorable (非常正面),’ ‘Favorable (正面),’ ‘Unfavorable (负面),’ or ‘Very Unfavorable (非常负面).’ For a full breakdown of results and expert commentary, please scroll down or click here.
Question #2 asked recipients how they think China is viewed internationally (你认为中国的国际形象如何?). Respondents could answer ‘Very Favorably (非常好),’ ‘Favorably (好),’ ‘Unfavorably (不好),’ or ‘Very Unfavorably (非常不好).’ For a full breakdown of results and expert commentary, please scroll down or click here.
CHINESE ATTITUDES TOWARD THE U.S.
CHINESE Perception of China Globally
RIWI technology allows for the rapid capture and assessment of large samples of broad, truly randomized opinion and perceptions data on an ongoing basis. RIWI delivers anonymous opt-in surveys to Web users who are surfing online. When users land on one of the hundreds of thousands of domains that RIWI owns or controls at any given moment, these random, non-incented users are filtered through a series of proprietary algorithms, to ensure there are no non-human respondents, and invited to participate in a language-appropriate survey.
RIWI randomly engages online respondents on a continuous 24/7 basis. RIWI gathers these data using a robust and unique technology that elicits responses from the broadest possible swath of the online audience in real-time – Random Domain Intercept Technology (RDIT). Unlike traditional or online survey approaches, RDIT’s algorithms ensure that anyone on the Web in the region(s) of interest has an equal chance of being randomly exposed to the questions. In addition, unlike mail, panel or telephone surveys, all voluntary response data are gathered anonymously, reducing social desirability bias, and eliminating a potential barrier to participation. Furthermore, respondents are not incentivized to participate in any way. RIWI randomly engages a new, random set of unique respondents each day, ensuring no repeat respondents throughout a period of data collection. RIWI has gathered data from 229 countries and territories in the world for universities, government agencies, financial institutions and non-governmental organizations based across the globe.
This project was jointly sponsored by the Carter Center and RIWI Corp. For any questions, comments, or business enquiries, please contact Yawei Liu (firstname.lastname@example.org). Charts and page design by Michael Cerny.