- More than three quarters of Americans believe that China is responsible for the worldwide spread of the novel corona virus. after a new poll.
- Another 77% said they had little confidence that President Xi Jinping would "do the right thing" when it came to world affairs.
- The poll takes place amid increasing tensions between China and the United States after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the country's Communist Party as a "key threat to our time".
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According to a new survey, more than three quarters of Americans blame China for the worldwide spread of the new corona virus.
The survey, published by the Pew Research Center on Thursdayfound that 78% of Americans blamed China for "much" or "quite a bit" for the spread of the virus.
Another 73% said they now have an unfavorable view of the country – a number that has increased by 26 percentage points over the past two years the New York Post.
The poll was conducted between June 16 and July 14 and polled 1,003 American citizens of voting age. It had an error rate of 3.7%.
The corona virus originated in a damp market in the Chinese city of Wuhan earlier this year and has since spread to 213 countries and territories around the world. according to worldometers.
Respondents were also asked to share their views on China's President Xi Jinping. 77% said they had little confidence that the party leader would "do the right thing" on world politics.
The poll is taking place amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing.
On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the Chinese Communist Party as a "key threat to our times" after the two countries quarreled over the recent consulate closure. to Al Jazeera.
Last month, Pompeo also called reports that China used forced abortion and sterilization against Uyghur Muslims in the country "shocking" and "worrying". Reuters reported.
This view was also replied to in the survey. 73% of participants said that "the United States should try to promote human rights in China even if it affects economic relations". The survey did not specifically address Uighur treatment.
It is estimated that more than 1 million members of the country's ethnic minority are held in Chinese concentration camps against their will. The Washington Post reported.
At the time of writing, more than 17 million people worldwide were infected with the corona virus and more than 674,000 died. According to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University.