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Chinese Attitudes towards U.S. and other Major Economies [January 2021 Topline Survey Results]

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In November 2020, immediately before the United States presidential election, we conducted a public opinion survey in China to explore Chinese citizens’ views on 14 developed countries, including the U.S. We conducted a second survey of 1,018 adults between January 25 and February 2, 2021, after Joe Biden was sworn into office, to investigate whether the Chinese public’s views toward the 14 countries, particular the United States, have changed since Trump left office. This report presents the main findings from the second survey.
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Topline Questionnaire
2021 Survey on Chinese Attitudes towards U.S. and Allies
Adam Y. Liu Xiaojun Li Songying Fang
National University of Singapore University of British Columbia Rice University
Methodological notes:
We recruited and administered our survey to 1,018 Chinese adults (18+) between January 25
and February 2, 2021 from Qualtrics’ online opt-in panel
We used a quota sampling strategy that targeted pre-specified proportions of gender, age group
and geographic location, specifically:
o gender
§ 46% female
§ 54% male
o age group
§ 18-34 [35%]
§ 35-44 [25%]
§ 45+ [40%]
o Geographic location
§ East China [28%]
§ North China [13%]
§ Northeast China [9%]
§ Northwest China [5%]
§ South Central + Central China [28%]
§ Southwest China [17%]
We asked our respondents about their feelings towards exactly the same 14 countries that the
Pew study focused on, which is also the question we used in our first survey in 2020. We asked:
“What’s your view of the following countries?” Respondents were then given five choices:
o very favorable
o somewhat favorable
o unfavorable
o very unfavorable
o don’t know
Table 1 below summarizes the breakdown of country evaluations. Figure 1 visualizes the results.
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Table 1 Survey Results by Countries (2021)
What’s your view of the following coun tries?
Very
unfavorable
Somewhat
unfavorable
Somewhat
favorable
Very
favorable
Don't know
Total
United States
448
(44%)
280
(28%)
173
(17%)
82
(8%)
35
(3%)
1018
Canada
190
(19%)
277
(27%)
350
(34%)
116
(11%)
85
(8%)
1018
Sweden
71
(7%)
222
(22%)
438
(43%)
153
(15%)
134
(13%)
1018
Denmark
89
(9%)
213
(21%)
430
(42%)
132
(13%)
154
(15%)
1018
UK
140
(14%)
319
(31%)
366
(36%)
116
(11%)
77
(8%)
1018
Netherlands
56
(6%)
223
(22%)
458
(45%)
130
(13%)
151
(15%)
1018
Belgium
53
(5%)
183
(18%)
485
(48%)
130
(13%)
167
(16%)
1018
Germany
48
(5%)
178
(17%)
537
(53%)
167
(16%)
88
(9%)
1018
France
64
(6%)
245
(24%)
490
(48%)
122
(12%)
97
(10%)
1018
Spain
53
(5%)
195
(19%)
498
(49%)
120
(12%)
152
(15%)
1018
Italy
79
(8%)
224
(22%)
469
(46%)
128
(13%)
118
(12%)
1018
Japan
220
(22%)
366
(36%)
276
(27%)
100
(10%)
56
(6%)
1018
Australia
268
(26%)
282
(28%)
275
(27%)
124
(12%)
69
(7%)
1018
Korea
103
(10%)
335
(33%)
390
(38%)
115
(11%)
75
(7%)
1018
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Figure 1
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