Poll: Americans more favorable on China except when it comes to cyberattacks

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In this April 28, 2016 file photo, a visitor browses a booklet at a social network company booth which enable people to connect global clients during the 2016 Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing. Chinese officials on Thursday, March 2, 2017 laid out an argument for China to play a leading role in global internet governance as they solicited international support for a new framework based on regulation and order rather than Western values of unfettered access and openness. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

A Pew Research Center survey conducted with 1,505 respondents found 44 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of China, compared to 37 percent a year ago. However, concerns about Chinese cyberattacks have risen from 55 percent, from last year’s report of 50 percent.

The survey asked respondents to rate eight concerning issues with China from “very serious” to “somewhat serious.” America’s high debt to China, Chinese cyberattacks, China’s impact on the global environment and loss of U.S. jobs to China were rated to be the most serious concerns.

There are also concerns about China’s military strength, which only 36 percent of Americans are concerned with, rising from last year’s report of 28 percent, said the Pew Research Center.

The survey also reported Democrats and young people being more favorable toward China, Republicans being more concerned about job losses to China and Democrats being more concerned with China’s impact on the global environment.

The research center reported the changes in Americans’ opinions over the last year may be due to the decline of concerns about China’s economic threat.