Shawn Dorius—American’s Attitudes towards China-US Trade War

We report results of original research based on a nationwide online survey of US adults that contained a number of questions measuring Americans’ attitudes toward China, including the trade war. Our analysis shows that the American public is sharply divided over the trade war, despite reporting high support for international trade with China (76%). Using responses to questions on trade and the trade war, we created a typology that classified the general public into four distinct groups. We also find that perceptions about China, the Chinese government, the Chinese people, and Chinese culture are highly correlated with views on trade with China, but are unrelated to views on the trade war.