The Pew Global Attitudes survey was just released again and it looks like China’s the big winner! Most people think China either has or will eventually replace the US as the world’s leading superpower. And for those who think China already has done this, it happened last year sometime.
The countries that were most likely to believe that China has won (or will win) the superpower race were France (72%), Spain (67%), Britain (65%), China (63%) and Germany (61%). The places most likely to believe that China would never replace the US were Japan (60%), Lebanon (54%), Brazil (47%) Indonesia (46%) and the US (45%).
Interestingly, slightly more people in the US believe China will replace them than those who believe they wont (46%, up from 33% in 2009.)
Another question looked at favorable views of the US and China. Among Americans, their opinion of themselves has decreased from 85% to 79%. China’s view of itself has also dropped from 97% to 95%, and their view of the US dropped 14%. But America’s opinion of China increased 2%, which is the opposite trend as seen in the survey in 2008.
Yet another question asked whether China’s growing power is a good thing or a bad thing. Most countries said China’s growing military power was a bad thing, with exceptions being the Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, and Kenya. Those countries also saw China’s growing economic power as a good thing, along with Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Brazil.
As far as economic direction goes, 85% of Chinese are satisfied with their country’s direction and 88% said they were in a good economic situation. In the US, on the other hand, only 21% were satisfied and 18% said they were in a good economic situation.
In general, China feels good. The US doesn’t feel good.
By Robert O’Connor