The new survey by the Pew Research Center showed that in the United States, unfavorable opinions about the Chinese regime increased by 13% compared to last year, reaching 60% in the middle of the trade war between the two superpowers.

The results represented a record in the 14 years of the survey. Also the acceptance rate of the Asian giant suffered a historic collapse from 38% to 26%, in a single year.

From the total respondents, “about half of 18- to 29-year-olds (49%) expressed an unfavorable view of China, compared with 58% of those ages 30 to 49 and two-thirds of people 50 and older (67%). People with at least a four-year college degree are also more negative toward China (69%) than those who have not completed college (57%),” the survey reveals.

Trade war

The United States and China have been at loggerheads for more than a year as they negotiate a new trade agreement, which would have obscured Americans’ view of the Chinese regime.

Washington imposed tariffs on $250 billion of the Asian giant’s imports—and they have promised that that figure will rise to $300 billion on September 1 – while Beijing, in retaliation, did the same by taxing $110 billion in U.S. products.

A Chinese state news agency quoted by VOA said on Feb. 14, 2019, that China’s trade surplus shrank sharply to $6.5 billion at the beginning of the year.

The Pew poll also indicated that 24% of Americans consider China—equipping Russia—as the main U.S. threat to the future.

Respondents were also concerned about China’s increased military power: 81% said it was bad and 11% said it was good.

Still, 50% said it was a good thing for the United States that China is growing economically, while 42% found it detrimental.

Fifty percent of Americans surveyed—as was the case in 2018—said they did not trust communist leader Xi Jinping, who is not only waging a trade war with President Trump, but he is also overseeing the repression of peaceful demonstrations in Hong Kong and protracted human rights violations against democrats and believers in China.

The new Pew Research Center telephone survey was conducted from May 13 to June 18, 2019, among 1,503 adults.