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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What America Thinks: Big Trouble from Big China?

Most voters have long considered China a major threat to the United States - in more ways than one. We decided to find out what America thinks.

Take spying. Forty-four percent (44%) see China as the biggest spying threat to the United States, ahead of Russia, Iran and North Korea.

Then there’s cyberattacks. Nearly half of U.S. voters consider China the biggest cyberattack threat, despite suspected attacks by North Korea and Iran. Most voters here consider such attacks an act of war.

Just 15% of Americans consider China an ally of the United States, while 21% view it an enemy. But traditional war isn’t what Americans worry about when it comes to China. The Asian giant has always been viewed as a far bigger economic threat than military one. Still, many here think the U.S. government lets China get away with abuses it wouldn’t tolerate in others because of Chinese economic clout.

After all, China remains the largest owner of U.S. debt. That’s probably a major reason why growing economic problems in China have Americans worried. More than three quarters of voters (77%) are concerned that they could cause economic problems here as well.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.