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New Global Poll: Shift of power from U.S. to China nearly inevitable; doesn't necessarily mean most like it...

The Pew Research Center surveyed people in 39 nations about their perceptions of the United States vs. China.

Overall, many believe the arc of economic & military power is shifting from Washington to Beijing, but that doesn't necessarily mean they welcome that shift.

Interestingly, people in Japan, South Korea, and The Philippines consider their countries' ties to the United States to be far more important than their ties to the PRC, not a great shock given history and territorial disputes over islands in the South China Sea and elsewhere.

The Japanese--Chinese dynamic is particularly acrimonious: A mere 5 percent of Japanese respondents offered positive views about mainland China; 93 percent held negative views.

Australians seem to be much less hostile towards the Chinese.

The Pew Research has President Obama still enjoying greater popularity than his predecessor in most countries, but Mr. Obama's ratings are lower now than when he first assumed the Presidency. The decline in Mr. Obama's popularity was especially steep in China.

When asked which country they were more inclined to view as a partner, majorities in most nations chose the United States over the People's Republic of China. But, the United States' use of drones proved to be a drag on the U.S. image. U.S. drone attacks won majority support in only three of the countries surveyed: Israel, the United States, and Kenya.

Predictably, the image of the United States was most negative in the Muslim nations of the Middle-East and south Asia (Pakistan). But the United States got positive scores in Muslim majority nations OUTSIDE that region, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Senegal.

One important asterisk: The poll was conducted before the U.S. Government surveillance story broke.

Here's a link to the Pew poll...


Posted at 8:20am on July 18, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 11:51am
So even though the U.S. has its faults - but based on that poll - the U.S. still seems to be held in rather high esteem by most of the world, when compared to Red China [Whoops, I mean the PRC].

Just as many of Americans are concerned with the rise of PRC as a global power, apparently so are many others, and apparently are hoping the U.S. doesn't become a second-rate nation and can keep the power of China in check.

Maybe these nations - which seem to want the U.S. to be strong and protect them - might be willing to pony up some of the cost for the U.S. to do that for them. Why should we pay the freight to benefit them? Seems like, in true capitalistic fashion, we've got an opportunity to spread the cost.

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 2:25pm

With the U.S. as a global power, it has translated into terrorism, wars, and near constant global conflicts.

With China as a global power, we're far more likely to achieve peace and harmony in the world.

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 3:34pm
Teatime: I seem to remember our "friends", the chicom's, providing millions of men to help North Korea in the Korean War, and again assisting the North Viet-Namese in the Viet Nam War.

Even now, with North Korea developing missles and nukes, Red China doesn't seem to be worried about it. You would think this would be one time both the PRC and the U.S. would be on the same side that North Korea having nukes with missiles isn't good for either them or us, but apparently not, as they've not lifted one finger to even suggest to North Korea that Pyongyang is headed down a dangerous path.

I'm not saying that we've kept our noses out of other people's business as well as we should have [especially since the end of WWII]. But somehow having China being the global power - and NOT the U.S. - is not a comforting thought for probably most Americans, and based on that poll, most others in the world. There must be a reason for this. Only the kooks in the Middle-East seem to prefer the Chinese to the U.S. [Muslim countries in other parts of the world do not agree with their Middle-Eastern brothers]. THAT ought to tell you something.

Thu, Jul 18, 2013 7:21pm
This is what America gets for electing "Globama".

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