Saturday, October 5, 2013

Due to China’s rising economic power, many think it will eventually supersede and replace the US as the world’s dominant superpower. But overall, the U.S. enjoys a stronger global image than China

Said, Washington, DC based, Pew Research Center in its "2013 Spring Pew Global Attitudes Survey" report of July 18, 2013. 

The survey, carried out from March 2 to May 1, 2013, covered 37,653 respondents from 39 countries of six regions – North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia/Pacific, Latin America and Africa. The full report is available here.

Some of the major findings of the survey are :
  • Just 37% of Americans express a positive view of China, down from 51% two years ago. Similarly, ratings for the U.S. have plummeted in China – in a 2010 poll conducted a few months after a visit to China by President Obama, 58% had a favorable impression of the U.S., compared with 40% today. However, young people in both countries express more positive attitudes about the other, a finding that is part of a broader pattern – in many countries, both the U.S. and China receive more favorable marks from people under age 30.
  • Anti-Americanism was common throughout much of Europe during the presidency of George W. Bush but President Barack Obama has been enjoying consistently growing popularity among Europeans since 2009 which has given a big boost to America’s image in the region.
  • Among the eight EU nations polled, China's ratings have declined significantly over the last two years in Britain, France, Poland and Spain. Greece was the only country in which a majority expressed a favorable view of China.
  • America’s image was found to be the most negative in parts of the Muslim world, especially Pakistan (11% favorable), Jordan (14%), Egypt (16%), and the Palestinian territories (16%). Only 21% of Turks see the U.S. positively. America, however, received largely positive ratings in predominantly Muslim nations such as Senegal in West Africa and Indonesia and Malaysia in Southeast Asia.
  • In the Asia/Pacific region - Philippines, South Korea and Japan - the U.S. received particularly favorable ratings. A majority in these countries said it was more important to have strong ties with the U.S. than with China. The worst ratings for China came from the Japanese – only 5% expressed a positive view. 82% of Japanese described territorial disputes - which have increased tensions between these two historic rivals over the past few years - as a big or very big problem.
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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