Favorable views of China drop sharply in new poll

Favorable views of China drop sharply in new poll
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A new Gallup poll is finding that Americans have the least favorable views of China since 2012. 

Just 41 percent of respondents to the new poll say they have a favorable view of China, down 12 percentage points from last year and to the lowest level Gallup has seen in its polls on the question since 2012.

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Forty-six percent said China's economic power poses a "critical threat" to vital U.S. interests over the next 10 years, up from the roughly 40 percent who said so between 2015 and 2018.

The findings follow more than a year of fights between the United States and China over trade. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE said previous administrations had bungled trade talks with China, giving Beijing far too great a deal. He said he was determined to change what he viewed as an imbalance. 

Trump imposed 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports. Those tariffs were set to rise to 25 percent on March 1, but Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed in December to halt imposition of new tariffs.

Gallup's annual world affairs poll surveyed 1,016 Americans between Feb. 1-10.