Oct 6, 2020 - World

Negative views of China surge around the world

Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Axios Visuals

Views of China in many countries have become more negative, with unfavorable views spiking in the past year as survey respondents disapproved of China's coronavirus response, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Why it matters: Beijing's global propaganda campaign earlier this year to deflect blame for the pandemic seems to have failed.

Details: The survey assessed views in 14 developed countries, including Britain, Sweden, Germany, South Korea and Japan.

  • 78% of respondents said they had little faith in Chinese President Xi Jinping.
  • 61% of respondents said China had handled the coronavirus poorly.
  • Yes, but: Survey respondents rated the U.S. pandemic response even worse, with 84% saying the U.S. had done a bad job.

The bottom line: Developed countries seem disillusioned with both China and the U.S.

Editor's note: The chart was corrected to reflect the survey polled 14,276 adults, not 1,563 adults.

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