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Washington Post-ABC News Poll: Bush and China

This Washington Post- ABC News poll is based on telephone interviews with 505 randomly selected adults nationwide, conducted April 5, 2001. The margin of error for overall results is plus or minus 5 percentage points. The difficulties of doing a poll in a single night represent an additional potential source of error. Interviewing was conducted by TNS Intersearch of Horsham, Pa.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1.(and 2) In terms of its overall relations with the United States, do you think of China as a friendly country or an unfriendly country? (IF "UNFRIENDLY") Do you see China as an enemy of the United States, or just unfriendly?

     -------Unfriendly--------                    In between       No        
       Friendly    NET    Enemy   Unfriendly         (vol.)      opinion     
4/5/01     28        58      20         37             8           6
6/2/98     39        47      12         35             9           5

3.(and 4) As you may know, a U.S. spy plane and a Chinese military aircraft collided last Saturday and the U.S. plane had to land on a Chinese island, where the plane and crew remain. Do you think this incident poses a threat to U.S.-China relations, or not? (IF "YES, THREAT") Would you describe it as a serious threat or not serious?

        -----------Threat-------------     Not       No        
        NET    Serious     Not serious   threat   opinion     
4/5/01   75       48             25         21       4

5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the situation with China?

           ------Approve--------            ------Disapprove-----     No   
           NET  Strongly  Somewhat        NET  Strongly   Somewhat    op. 
4/5/01      64      36         28         24       11        13       12  
Compare to:
Do you approve or disapprove of the way Clinton is handling relations with China?
            --------Approve----------     --------Disapprove-------   No  
            NET   Strongly   Somewhat     NET   Somewhat   Strongly   op. 
6/2/98      40      NA         NA         39       NA        NA       21  

6.(and 7) As of now China has not released the U.S. plane or its crew. Would you say this delay is or is not a cause for concern? (IF "YES, CAUSE FOR CONCERN") Would you say it's a cause for alarm, or not?

         ----------Concern--------    Not       No        
        NET    Alarm    Not alarm   concern   opinion     
4/5/01   83      41         40         16        1

8. Has Bush's handling of the China situation made you (more confident) in his ability to handle a foreign crisis, (less confident), or hasn't it changed your opinion?

                           Has not      No
          More     Less    changed     opin.
4/5/01     16       16       64          4

9. Do you think this incident is mainly the United States' fault, mainly China's fault, the fault of both sides equally, or just an accident and no one's fault?

         U.S.    China    Both    Neither    No opin.
4/5/01    5        25      18       46           5
  

10. As you may know, China has asked the United States to apologize for this incident before it releases the plane and crew. Do you think the United States should or should not apologize to China?

         Should     Should not     No opin.
4/5/01     40           54             6

11. In order to try to recover the plane and crew, do you think the United States should or should not:

 4/5/01
                                 Should     Should not    No opin.
a. Agree to reduce the use          28           61           11  
   of American spy planes to 
   intercept Chinese 
   communications
b. Move to restrict U-S trade       74           19            7
   with China if the crew and 
   plane are not returned
            

12. Do you think the United States should treat China mainly as a potential trading partner), or mainly as a potential (military threat)?

         Trading     Military     Both      No
         partner      threat     (vol.)    opin.
4/5/01     36           50          9        4

13. In handling this situation, do you think the Bush administration has been (too tough) with China, (not tough enough), or about right?

          Too    Not tough    About     No
          tough    enough      right    opin.
4/5/01      6        23          62       9        

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