The number of Americans who now view China as the greatest enemy doubled from last year, which coincides with a period when the United States has been severely impacted by the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic originating in China.
A Gallup poll released on Tuesday, March 16, found that 45% of the respondents now say China is the greatest enemy of the United States, compared to 22% who said so in 2020.
Such a percentage indicates more Americans than ever are seeing the communist regime as the U.S.’s most dangerous enemy.
This year, Russia was rated as the second greatest enemy, with 26% of Americans saying so.
North Korea and Iran ranked third and fourth, respectively.
Last year, the same poll’s respondents considered Russia as the No. 1 enemy, followed by China, Iran, and North Korea.
The latest poll, conducted from Feb. 3 to Feb.18, also showed that positive views of China among U.S. adults dropped for the second straight year, putting the number at an all time low 20%.
Over the past several years, there have been noticeable fluctuations between the country perceived as the U.S.’s greatest adversary: China last ranked No. 1 in 2014, Russia topped the list in 2014, 2019 and 2020, and North Korea ranked highest in 2016 and 2018.
The pessimistic perceptions of China surged as tensions between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) grew since the CCP Virus pandemic, which first emerged in Wuhan, began last year.
Former President Donald Trump repeatedly blamed the CCP for causing the virus pandemic, which has caused more than 500,000 deaths in the United States so far.
President Joe Biden refused to call China an opponent, but view the country as a competitor.