For third year in a row, Americans rank China as America’s greatest enemy in the world today.
WHY IT MATTERS – The pandemic has significantly altered American’s perception of China’s threat to the United States.
- IN CONTEXT – The Chinese spy-balloon incident, China’s alleged backing of Russia in the ongoing war in Ukraine, and increased scrutiny into the origins of COVID-19 have heightened the perception.
ENEMY NUMBER ONE – In a poll conducted by Gallup, participants were asked who they consider to be the United States’ greatest enemy today
- 50 percent – China
- 32 percent – Russia
- 7 percent -North Korea
- 2 percent – Iran
PARTICAN DIFFERENCE – Republicans and Democrats differ greatly in their perceptions of who is America’s greatest enemy, with Democrats more likely to pick Russia.
- 76 percent of Republicans – China
- 46 percent of Independents – China
- 53 percent of Democrats – Russia
However, both parties have experienced increases in wariness towards China compared to previous years.
THE BOTTOM LINE – As the threats to our homeland continue from the Chinese Communist Party, Americans are starting to see China as public enemy No. 1. – a title it has earned for three years and counting.