Poll Shows Most Voters Want Biden To Get Tougher On China
President Joe Biden addresses the media in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building about the aerial objects shot down over the U.S. and Canada including a balloon from China, on Thursday, February 16, 2023.
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A majority of American voters want President Joe Biden to take a stronger stance against China, a new poll shows.

When asked how the Biden administration should address tensions between the United States and China, nearly 57.6% of respondents said the government should be “more aggressive” in leading a global coalition to contain China, according to The Trafalgar Group.

Another 17.1% of voters opted to say the Biden Administration should “continue to do exactly what they are doing now in response to tensions with China,” while 8.8% pushed for de-escalating tensions with China “in order to appease them.” Rounding out the poll question, 16.5% said they were not sure how to answer.

Broken down by party affiliation, more than 76% of Republicans and nearly 40% of Democrats voiced support for an aggressive response. Among independents, 54% said Biden should take the aggressive stance.

The nationwide poll was conducted in partnership with the Convention of States Action, a conservative group. It surveyed 1,082 likely general election voters from February 22 through February 26, weeks after the U.S. military shot down a suspect Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina. The Trafalgar Group says the poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

“This poll shows that Americans are rightly concerned about China’s aggressive actions towards the U.S. and want to see leadership from President Biden,” said Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States.

Pollsters also asked respondents whether Biden has a personal conflict of interest in responding to aggression by China, citing the business dealings of his family members. While Biden has sought to distance himself from his son Hunter’s foreign business ventures, congressional Republicans are conducting investigations into the matter.


The Trafalgar Group said 57.2% of respondents believe there was a conflict of interest while 33.5% do not believe there is one and 9.3% said they were not sure.

“We are at an alarming and dangerous place when the majority of Americans believe Biden’s hesitations to address the threat from Communist China is the result of jeopardizing his family’s business dealings,” Meckler said. “Our citizens deserve a full account of any way Biden family members may be entangled with Chinese businesses and how those conflicts will be resolved immediately for the benefit and security of our country. We must have a president that puts our nation’s safety and best interests first.”

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