Median of 28 p.c of the general public in 24 international locations have a constructive view of China, Pew survey says.
America is seen much more positively than China throughout 24 international locations, with the hole between the international locations widening sharply for the reason that election of US President Joe Biden, a survey by the Pew Analysis Centre exhibits.
A median of 59 p.c of the general public in 24 international locations has a constructive opinion of the US, in contrast with 28 p.c who say the identical of China, based on the survey launched on Monday.
Total, the US was seen extra positively than China in 22 out of 24 international locations, with solely respondents in Kenya and Nigeria favouring the Asian big, based on the ballot carried out between February and Could of this 12 months.
The most important gaps in constructive sentiment had been present in Japan, South Korea and Poland, the place respondents had been cut up by margins of greater than 70-30 in favour of the US.
The ballot discovered an analogous divide in sentiment towards the US and Chinese language leaderships, with 54 p.c expressing confidence in Biden to do the appropriate factor in world affairs, in contrast with 19 p.c for Chinese language President Xi Jinping.
Pew stated that public opinion in direction of each international locations deteriorated in 2020, following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, however sentiment towards the US improved considerably after Biden’s inauguration the next 12 months.
The pollster stated that sentiment in direction of the US and China has fluctuated over time, with some international locations favouring China when former US Presidents Donald Trump and George W Bush had been in workplace.
“These gaps in views of the American and Chinese language leaders replicate each souring attitudes towards Xi in high-income international locations and larger confidence in Biden – notably in contrast along with his predecessor, Donald Trump. Certainly, for a lot of his presidency, Trump obtained decrease marks than Xi in lots of locations surveyed,” Pew stated in an evaluation accompanying the ballot.
“This additionally occurred on the finish of the Bush period in 2007, when restricted confidence in then-President George W. Bush and comparatively constructive scores for China’s then-President Hu Jintao led to extra constructive scores for Hu than Bush in most locations.”