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Part I: Overall Impressions

1. Impressions of Each Country

General Feelings
US Survey
(US SURVEY) How would you describe your impressions of China?
General Public
Business Leaders
Congressional Staffers
Opinion Leaders
China Survey
(CHINA SURVEY) How would you describe your impressions of the U.S.?
General Public
Business Leaders
Opinion Leaders

Narrative Analysis

United States:
  • A majority of the general public (52%), opinion leaders (56%) and business leaders (54%) have a favorable opinion of China. Favorable opinion has, however, fallen among all three groups since 2005–7 percentage points among both the general public and opinion leaders, and 9 percentage points among business leaders. Congressional staffers are the only sample where the majority has an unfavorable opinion (62%), although the number having a favorable opinion has nearly doubled from 19% in 2005 to 35% today.
  • Nearly two-thirds (64%) of the American public with the lowest income (less than $35,000) have a favorable opinion of China, as compared to 44 percent of those in the middle range ($35,000–$75,000) and 44 percent of those in the highest income range (more than $75,000).
  • Opinion of China is highest in the East (57%) and lowest in the South (46%).
  • Hispanic Americans (74%) and African Americans (63%) are more likely to have a favorable opinion than are Caucasian Americans (47%).
  • More than half of all males (58%) view China favorably, while less than half of all women (46%) have the same opinion.
China:
  • A majority of the general public (60%), opinion leaders (86%) and business leaders (94%) have a favorable opinion of the United States. The percentage of the general public with negative views of the U.S. (26%) is significantly higher than that of opinion leaders (11%) and business leaders (6%).
  • More than two-thirds (69%) of the Chinese public with a high income have a favorable opinion of the U.S., as compared to 63 percent of those in the middle income range and 60 percent of those in the low income range.
  • Opinion of the U.S. is highest in the cities (79%) and lowest in the villages (53%).
  • As educational levels increase, the general public's opinion of the U.S. appears to improve. People with a high level of education (81%) are more likely to have a favorable opinion of the U.S. than are people with a medium level (72%) or a low level (53%) of education.
  • Younger Chinese aged 18 to 29 years old (69%) express more positive opinions of the U.S. as compared with other age groups.
  • 74% of the Chinese Communist Party members have a favorable opinion of the U.S., as compared to 60% of those non-Party members. The percentage of Party members with negative impressions (17%) is also notably lower than that of non-Party members (27%).