• U.S. China Public Perceptions Opinion Survey 2012

    by Winston Chua

    Pasadena – The Committee of 100 is a national, non-partisan membership organization comprised of prominent Chinese Americans in a broad range of professions.

    “To me, the most important aspect of this event is that the Committee of 100 includes the role models of our next generation,” said San Marino Mayor Richard Sun at the event held at the Langham Pasadena last week.

    “The Common Ground conference will help people create a better working environment for the people of California,” said Dr. Matthew Lin, candidate for 49th assembly district seat.

    The Committee of 100′s newly released opinion survey measures American and Chinese perceptions of US-China relations.

    Here are some of their findings:

    55% of the American public holds a favorable view of China while 59-percent of the Chinese public holds a similarly positive view of the US.

    A majority of American public and business leaders believes the U.S. has a better international image than China. A majority of the Chinese public believes the opposite is true, but Chinese business leaders are divided on this perception.

    The same categories of people agree China will have a leading influence in the Asia Pacific region 20 years from now. The same group of people believe the U.S. will remain the world’s leading superpower over the next 20 years.

    Here are some additional findings: continuing with the pattern in 2007, the American public is generally not satisfied with the direction in which the U.S. is heading. Only 36% of the American public thinks that their country is on the right track. Minimal change from 2007.

    Approximately 58% believes the country is on the wrong track, essentially the same as 59% in 2007. U.S. opinion and business leaders tend to be more optimistic now with about half thinking the country is on the right track, slightly higher than figures in 2007.

    What is the domestic concern? Jobs and economy remains the top concerns for the American public and business leaders.

    Here’s something interesting: generally speaking, when it comes to economic or military issues between U.S. and China, 67% of the American public believes Chinese Americans will support the U.S. American business leaders sharing the view exceed 77%. However, 25% of the American public believes Chinese Americans will support China with 7% not sure about Chinese Americans’ position.

    A majority of Americans do not believe the Chinese media portrays an accurate picture of the U.S. and a majority of Chinese do not believe the American media portrays an accurate picture of China.

    –more to come

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