Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2009
Americans are split over whether China represents a military threat to the United States — but there is no doubt in the public’s mind that the country poses an economic threat, according to a new national poll.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday, 51 percent of the public consider China a military threat, with 47 percent disagreeing. That 4-point margin is within the poll’s 4.5 percent sampling error.
The poll’s release coincides with U.S. President Barack Obama’s first visit to China to bolster relations. At a town hall meeting on Monday he made the case to Chinese students that the two countries’ philosophical differences should not get in the way of a robust relationship.
According to the survey, two-thirds see China as a source of unfair competition for U.S. companies, while only a quarter are more likely to view China as a huge potential market for U.S. goods.
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This article was posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 5:00 am