The Pulse: U.S.-China Relations

The Pulse: U.S.-China Public Opinion

Welcome to the U.S.-China Perception Monitor Public Opinion Dashboard.

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 as the United States’ greatest enemy 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 Xi Jinping] to do the right thing regarding world affairs.” Similar patterns are evident in China, where 74% of respondents held an unfavorable view of the United States according to a Morning Consult Political Intelligence poll conducted in early 2021, a 13% decrease since the inauguration of the Biden administration.

We are excited to partner with RIWI, a global leader in survey data collection, to run one of the first regularized opinion surveys assessing Chinese public opinion of the United States. Using their patented Random Domain Intercept Technology (RDIT), the survey results are truly random and representative of the Chinese population. In addition to our in-house survey data, the dashboard also visualizes some of the best survey data collected by other firms.

Public Opinon in China

Public Opinon in the United States

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 as the United States’ greatest enemy 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 Xi Jinping] to do the right thing regarding world affairs.” Similar patterns are evident in China, where 74% of respondents held an unfavorable view of the United States according to a Morning Consult Political Intelligence poll conducted in early 2021, a 13% decrease since the inauguration of the Biden administration.

However, not all polls are created equally. Survey methods and question formats can vary widely, and results without context can mislead. The U.S.-China Perception Monitor has aggregated and visualized some of the best survey data on U.S.-China relations. 

Public Opinion in the United States