Last Updated on April 28, 2020
According to a poll, 70% of Americans want to restrict trade with China as Sinophobic sentiment rises out of lockdown as the world faces the current global pandemic.
Just The News and Scott Rasmussen reported on the shocking findings as an overwhelming proportion of registered voters wish to curtail current trade with the world’s second largest economy.
Out of those polled, only 5% of respondents wished to deepen trade with China, while another 10% opted for no change to current trade in place, and 15% were unsure.
However, an overwhelming 70% expressed a want to restrict trade with China.
An additional 41% of participants opted to reduce reliance on China, 18% elected to halt all trade with China until reparations for economic damage due to the pandemic were conferred, and 11% pressed for banning all trade with China altogether.
“There were public concerns about China’s trade practices before the pandemic. Those concerns have now escalated significantly,” Rasmussen said.
He added: “The only question is how harshly we deal with the nation that most Americans believe made the pandemic worse.”
Here is a breakdown of the poll:
Respondents were asked “When the pandemic is over, how should the United States change its trade relationship with China?” They replied as below:
- 5% Expand our trading relationship
- 41% Reduce our reliance on trade with China
- 18% Halt trade until China negotiates compensation for pandemic
- 11% Ban all trade with China
- 10% Nothing should change
- 15% Not Sure
The national survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted April 23-25, 2020 by Rasmussen, a polling veteran. Margin of sampling error: +/- 2.8% for full sample.
Rasmussen went on to say: “Solid majorities of every measured demographic group want us to cut back on trading with China.
“However, there are some partisan differences in emphasis.”
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A UK think tank, The Henry Jackson Society, estimated the G7’s economic damage to be in the vicinity of $4 trillion.
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