According to a Kantar Public survey, during the coronavirus pandemic in Germany, the number of supporters of close relations with China has increased.
Against the backdrop of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, the Germans became more critical of the United States. This is evidenced by a survey conducted by the Kantar Public Sociological Institute commissioned by the German Körber-Stiftung Foundation. According to results published on Monday, May 18, nearly three-quarters of respondents (73%) admitted that their opinion of the United States has worsened due to the situation with coronavirus.
Only slightly more than a third (36%) of the respondents said the same change with respect to China. At the same time, a quarter of Germans, according to a survey, on the contrary, improved their opinion of the PRC during the pandemic. However, 71% of respondents believe that if the Chinese authorities acted more transparently, then the global spread of coronavirus could be avoided or reduced.
Meanwhile, more than a third of respondents (37%) believe that close ties with the United States are more important for Germany than with China. For 36% of respondents, close relations with China, on the contrary, are more important. It is worth noting that in September 2019, these figures were 50% and 24% in favor of the United States.
US residents want close relations with China
At the same time, US residents, according to another survey, also advocate close relations with China. According to the American Sociological Institute Pew Research, 44% of respondents said that close ties with Beijing are more important for Washington than with Berlin. The opposite opinion is shared by 43% of Americans.
Coronavirus was detected in 4.8 million inhabitants of the planet after an outbreak in China at the end of 2019. Most infected (more than 1.52 million people, according to Johns Hopkins University) and fatalities among patients (more than 90,000 deaths) were detected in the United States.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have repeatedly accused China of hiding information about the virus, which, in their opinion, was one of the reasons for the pandemic.