The image of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has become increasingly negative in recent years and, above all, it has “collapsed” in developed countries after the coronavirus outbreak. A recent study by the Pew Research Center shows this.

With surveys carried out in 14 countries, the conclusion of the prestigious American think tank leaves no room for doubt: the majority opinion toward the CCP is unfavorable.

In Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Sweden, the United States, South Korea, Spain and Canada, the negative opinion toward the CCP has reached its “highest point” since the consulting firm, one of the most important in the world, began to carry out this measurement more than a decade ago.

In numbers, the negative opinions about China are truly alarming. To cite a few examples, Japan (86%), Australia (81%), the United Kingdom (74%) and the United States (73%).

The survey published on Oct. 6 shows how the negative image of China has risen sharply since last year: Australia (+24), United Kingdom (+19), United States (+13). In the United States, it is worth mentioning that, amid the trade war and bilateral tension between Washington and the CCP, the negative “magnifying glass” on China increased 20 points in the last three years.

In fact, under the Trump administration, a trend that had been going on for a long time deepened: from 2005 until now, unfavorable opinion toward China doubled, going from 35% to 73%. 

The same phenomenon can be observed in European countries. In the same period, for example, Germany went from 37% to 71%, France from 42% to 70%, Spain from 21% to 63%, and the United Kingdom from 16% to 74%.

But the rejection of the Chinese Communist Party does not remain only in the West, but is present in its Asian neighbors. In the last 15 years the negative image of the CCP has risen from 31% to 76% in South Korea and from 42% to 86% in Japan.

Beyond the fact that the rejection of the CCP was on the rise, there is no doubt that CCP’s response to the coronavirus pandemic ended up aggravating the anger of a good part of the world.

When citizens of the most advanced countries were asked what they thought of what China did in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, the majority of the responses were that China did things wrong: the United States (64%), Australia (73%) and the United Kingdom (60%), to name a few.

Again, it is in Asian countries that the CCP is said to have done badly during the pandemic: Japan (79%) and South Korea (79%).