The US presidential election is nearly a month from mercifully being over, and, after all this time, it seems that China might finally have come around on Hillary Clinton, joining their friends overseas.
37% of Chinese people surveyed held a favorable view of Clinton, outnumbering the 35% who held an unfavorable view of the Democratic candidate for president, and the 28% that didn’t say either way.
Meanwhile, her opponent, the China-saying Donald Trump, suffered from the fact that many Chinese still don’t know who he is — 39% had no view on the candidate. Another problem, if they do know Trump, they aren’t likely to like him — 40% held unfavorable views compared to just 22% with favorable ones.
This info comes from the same Pew Research Center poll released on Wednesday which found that Chinese attitudes towards the US were improving, even though they still viewed the United States as the biggest threat to China (bigger than climate change, ISIS, Russia, etc.)
The survey of 3,154 Chinese citizens over the age of 18 did take place this spring, so the results should be taken with a large grain of salt; however, we just don’t get many scientific and unbiased views into popular Chinese opinion. For instance, around the same time earlier this year, an online Global Times poll found that 83% of Chinese netizens preferred the “unclear” Trump to the “evil” Clinton. Trump has continually trumped Clinton on Chinese social media where many netizens have embraced his familiar cult of personality. Meanwhile, Clinton has historically been reviled by the Chinese internet for her time as US Secretary of State.
But it seems that internet comments might not always be an accurate reflection of what people are thinking.
Trump isn’t just losing the Chinese vote, he’s also losing the far more important Chinese-American vote. According to a recent National Asian American survey, 53% of Chinese Americans are leaning towards voting for Hillary Clinton and just 12% are leaning towards Trump. It looks like Trump’s biggest Chinese-American fan club hasn’t grown much since the last time we checked in.
In 1992, George H. W. Bush won 55% of the Asian American vote. Since then, things have shifted, with Asian Americans voting for the Democratic candidate in the last five presidential elections. This one looks like it will be no different.
— APIAVote (@APIAVote) October 5, 2016
Why in the world would Asian Americans be shifting left?