60 Percent of US Adults View China as Enemy: Survey

60 Percent of US Adults View China as Enemy: Survey 60 Percent of US Adults View China as Enemy: Survey A parade unit of the Chinese Armed Forces during the Victory Day military parade in Red Square marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II, on June 24, 2020 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Sergey Pyatakov – Host Photo Agency via Getty Images )

By Peter Malbin | Monday, 25 April 2022 01:56 PM

According to a new survey released by the Morning Consult on Monday, two-thirds of respondents in both the U.S. and China said they are concerned about tensions between the two countries.

A majority of respondents from both countries view the opposing country as an enemy or unfriendly.

According to Morning Consult, the share of Chinese adults who view the United States as unfriendly/an enemy increased by 11 percentage points month-over-month, suggesting the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to portray the United States as somehow responsible for the conflict with Russia are "bearing fruit."

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China's friendship with Russia was "solid as a rock," and constituted the "most important bilateral relationship" in the world contributing to "peace, stability and development," reported German news site dw.com.

Wang blamed a "Cold War mentality" as the real reason for the war in Ukraine, according to dw.com.

Other sources of tension between China and the U.S. emanate from Chinese aggression toward Hong Kong, in the South China Seas, and Taiwan.

Trade tariffs have also caused considerable economic tensions. Chinese cyberwarfare targeted toward the United States have also taken their toll.

Further affecting bilateral relations, China has stymied investigations into the origins of COVID-19, the World Health Organization has reported.

Morning Consult’s U.S.-China Relations Barometer provides data-driven insights into public perceptions of bilateral relations between the two superpowers, as well as the risks and opportunities that lie ahead for companies and investors.

In the U.S., 60% of Morning Consult poll respondents in April said they view China as an enemy or unfriendly, a 5% drop from March. The number of Chinese adults who view the United States as unfriendly or an enemy increased by 11% points from March to April. future relations between the superpowers, more U.S. and Chinese adults believe that tensions will escalate over the next year.

Sixty-one percent of U.S. adults and 55% of Chinese adults believe economic tensions will increase over the next year, according to the survey, The Hill reported.

Morning Consult’s U.S.-China Relations Barometer provides data-driven insights into public perceptions of bilateral relations between the two superpowers, as well as the risks and opportunities that lie ahead for companies and investors.

Surveys are conducted among roughly 14,300 to 27,000 U.S. adults and 670 to 3,400 Chinese adults, with data reported on the first and 15th of each month. The underlying data series for the United States and China have unweighted margins of error of up to 1 percentage point and up to 4 percentage points, respectively. Morning Consult updated its weights for U.S. adults on April 1, 2022.