Americans' opinions about China hit record low: survey

Americans' opinions about China hit record low: survey
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Sixty percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of a China, a record high in the 14 years the Pew Research Center has asked that question.

The survey results released Tuesday show a 13-point jump from last year's 47 percent of Americans who viewed China unfavorably.

The proportion of people who view China favorably also dropped steeply, from 38 percent to 26 percent over the last year.

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The shift in views comes as the U.S. and China are engaged in a protracted trade war.

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China has imposed tariffs on $110 billion in U.S. products in retaliation.

Despite the escalating tariffs, the primary fear of China cited by those surveyed seems to be related to its growing military.

Only 41 percent of Americans believe that China’s growing economy is a bad thing for the U.S., compared with 50 percent who described it as a good thing.

On the other hand, 81 percent of Americans said China's rising military power is bad, while just 11 percent said it is good.

Pew surveyed 1,503 adults from May 13 to June 18.