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As we get ready to go home for the winter holiday, we may want to prepare ourselves for the inevitable discussions we'll be having with friends and family regarding our time in China by taking at look at the latest results of the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Survey... 

According to their survey of 38,426 people conducted from May 13 to Oct. 2, 2019, the share of people who evaluate China positively has dropped by double-digits in nearly half of the Western European countries surveyed, including Sweden (down 17 percentage points), the Netherlands (-11 points) and the UK (-11). Only in Greece and Italy has opinion improved.

"Negative views of China predominate in both the United States and Canada, where 60% and 67% respectively see the country unfavorably."

In both countries, this is the highest unfavorable opinion of China recorded in the Center’s polling history. It also reflects the largest year-on-year change in either country. 

More than half in South Korea (63%), Australia (57%) and the Philippines (54%) share this sentiment. In Indonesia, the change over the past year has been particularly stark, falling 17 percentage points.

"Russians stand out for having the most positive view of China across all countries surveyed (71% favorable). A majority in Ukraine, too, share these views (57%)."

Majorities or pluralities in almost all the Middle Eastern, Latin American and sub-Saharan African countries surveyed have a favorable view of China, including 70% who have a favorable opinion in Nigeria.

"Younger people tend to have a more positive stance on China across most of the countries surveyed."

In 19 countries, adults ages 18 to 29 have more favorable views than those 50 and older. In Brazil, for example, two-thirds (67%) of younger adults have a favorable view of China, while just 40% of older adults share that opinion. Large age gaps also exist in Lithuania (where younger adults’ views are 25 points more favorable), Mexico (+23 points), Indonesia (+21), Australia (+21), Poland (+21) and Ukraine (+20).

It's interesting to note; however, that in many countries, those 50 and older were also less likely to offer any opinion of China. About a third or more of older adults in Indonesia, India, Ukraine, Argentina, Mexico, Tunisia and Brazil give no opinion when it comes to China.

Source: People around the globe are divided in their opinions of China

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