Americans see China as less of a threat
Updated: 2005-11-18 23:21
Americans still perceive China as a danger to their country, but they do not see it as an adversary and believe it will grow in importance in the future, a Pew Research Institute survey found.
A paramilitary policeman stands guard in Tienanmen Square in Beijing in February 2005. Americans still perceive China as a danger to their country, but they do not see it as an adversary and believe it will grow in importance in the future, a Pew Research Institute survey found. [AFP]
In contrast with four years ago when a majority of opinion leaders viewed China as the biggest danger to the United States, today China, North Korea and Iran are mentioned about as frequently, said the poll published Thursday.
China is also not seen as an adversary and is not causing concern as an emerging global power, according to the poll of 2,006 Americans and 520 opinion leaders in the media, church, state and local government, military, science and engineering and foreign affairs. It was conducted in September and October.
Those who most often cited China as the greatest current danger to the United States were academic and think tank leaders (34 percent), followed by state and local government leaders (27 percent).
Military leaders considered China and Iran equal in danger (23 percent for each)
Foreign affairs leaders viewed North Korea as more of a threat than China (26 to 23 percent), with Iran a close third at 21 percent.
The general public perceived Iraq as the biggest danger to the United States (18 percent), followed by China (16 percent), North Korea and Iran (13 percent each).
North Korea's nuclear program is a cause of great concern for about 66 percent in all groups, with scientists and engineers the least concerned (42 percent) and news media the most (72 percent).
Iran's nuclear program is a smaller source of concern: 61 percent in all groups.