Majority of Americans Have Unfavorable View of Chinese Communist Party: Epoch Times/Big Data Poll

By Cathy He
Cathy He
Cathy He
Cathy He is a New York-based editor focusing on U.S. China-related topics. She previously worked as a government lawyer in Australia. She joined The Epoch Times in February 2018. Contact Cathy at
September 2, 2020Updated: September 7, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is widely unpopular among Americans, according to an Epoch Times National Poll conducted by Big Data Poll.

The survey, conducted last month, found that 63 percent of American voters hold an unfavorable view of the CCP, with only 7 percent saying they hold a favorable view. Nineteen percent of respondents had no opinion about the political entity that presides over China’s one-party state, while 11 percent said they’ve never heard of the CCP.

The results are consistent with recent polling by the Pew Research Center, which found that Americans had souring perceptions of the Chinese regime amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The July poll found 73 percent of respondents held unfavorable opinions of the regime, an increase of 7 points since the previous poll in March.

The Epoch Times National Poll, which was conducted by Big Data Poll, interviewed 2,169 likely voters nationwide sourced via voter file-verified online survey panels from Aug. 26 to Aug. 30. The sampling error is plus or minus 2.1 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence interval, projecting the electorate at 145 million.

Results were weighted based on gender, age, race, education, and region. The partisan affiliation breakdown was 36 percent Democratic, 32 percent Republican, and 32 percent independent/other, mirroring the Aristotle National Voter File Database.

President Donald Trump, who is seeking reelection, and his opponent, Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden, both have campaigned on a platform of getting tough on the regime in Beijing. The Trump administration has in recent months accelerated its pressure campaign on multiple fronts, including China’s state-sanctioned theft of U.S. technology and research, military aggression in the South China Sea, and human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.

Based on The Epoch Times National poll, Republicans (69.2 percent) and independents were more likely than Democrats (53.5 percent) to hold an unfavorable view of the CCP. Democrats (22 percent) are also more likely than Republicans (12.2 percent) to have no opinion about the regime.

Meanwhile, a large proportion of Americans (78 percent) blame the Chinese regime’s initial handling of the CCP virus outbreak for causing its global spread, according to the July Pew survey. Half of the respondents to that poll thought that the United States should hold Beijing responsible, even if it means worsening relations with the country.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the regime for covering up the outbreak and causing the global pandemic. In a recent Fox interview, Trump said he’s willing to decouple from China’s economy “if they don’t treat us right.”

As part of his reelection bid, Trump has pledged to end U.S. reliance on China and bring back 1 million manufacturing jobs in his second term. Biden, meanwhile, has also promised to return critical supply chains to the United States.

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