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Most Americans See China Unfavorably, Poll Finds

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- China’s future president has some bridges to build on his visit to the United States: More than half of Americans continue to see his country unfavorably overall.

Fifty-two percent of those surveyed in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll expressed an unfavorable impression of China, compared to 37 percent who see it favorably.  That continues a dramatic turnaround from a brief period of overwhelmingly positive views at the time of China’s pro-democracy demonstrations nearly a quarter century ago.

Strength of sentiment in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, also indicates China’s image problem: Nearly three times as many Americans see it “strongly” unfavorably -- 26 percent -- as strongly favorably -- 9 percent.  Nonetheless, it’s perhaps surprising that strongly negative views aren’t higher, given the economic competition between the two countries.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping meets with President Obama in Washington on Tuesday.  Xi is expected to take over general secretary of China’s Communist Party this year and as the country’s president in 2013.

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Nearly Six in 10 Support Involvement in Libya

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nearly six in 10 Americans support U.S. military involvement in NATO efforts against the Libyan government -- but few of them want to see it increase from its current level.

Fifty-eight percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll support the current U.S. role, essentially the same as in mid-April. Among supporters, seven in 10 say U.S. involvement should be held at the current level, vs. 15 percent increased and 11 percent trimmed back.

President Obama’s approval rating for handling the situation also is essentially unchanged, at 44 percent; but there’s been an eight-point drop in disapproval, to 41 percent, with more undecided.

NATO ratcheted up its campaign Tuesday morning with an unusual daytime bombing raid on Tripoli, targeting military barracks near Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s residential compound. Gadhafi responded with a speech in which he vowed to “stay here ‘til the end -- dead, alive, victorious.”

Gadhafi is a bone of contention in public views on the conflict: Supporters of U.S. involvement divide on whether its purpose should be only to protect civilians, or also to remove him from power.

That division helps explain why Obama’s approval rating on Libya is lower than support for U.S. involvement overall. His approval rating slips from 62 percent of those who want only a civilian-protection mission (the current framework) to 54 percent of those who also want to oust Gadhafi. Among those who oppose the mission entirely, Obama gets just 25-percent approval.

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ABC News/Washington Post Poll: China an Economic Threat?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Americans see more economic threat than opportunity in China, and divide almost evenly on whether they regard it as a friendly or unfriendly nation -- results that underscore the challenging nature of relations between the two powers.
With President Hu Jintao visiting the United States -- including a state dinner at the White House Tuesday night -- an ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that 47 percent of Americans see China as a friendly nation, while 44 percent regard it as unfriendly. Personal views tip the other way -- 42 percent say their own opinion of China is favorable overall, 49 percent unfavorable.
While hardly warm, those numbers could be worse, on two scores. One, Americans by a broad 61-29 percent in this poll, produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates, see China as more of a “threat to American jobs and economic security” than as “an opportunity for new markets and investment.” Also, China has been viewed much more negatively in the past; today’s 49 percent unfavorable rating compares to 58 percent in March 1990, a year after its crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square.
Similarly, while fewer than half, 47 percent, see China as friendly, that’s up from 39 percent in 1998 during a kerfuffle over alleged Chinese political contributions to the Democratic Party, and from just 28 percent in 2001, during an imbroglio over China’s detention of the crew of a damaged U.S. spy plane.
Then again, China’s also been rated much more favorably: in a show of support at the height of its pro-democracy movement, in April 1989, positive ratings of the country soared to 80 percent. That plummeted by 41 points after the suppression that followed.
There are differences among groups in views of China. Republicans and conservatives -- especially Americans who call themselves “very” conservative -- are more likely than their political opposites to see it unfavorably. And China is seen much more positively by young adults than by their elders.

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