The Committee of 100 has launched its first online C-100 Interactive Report, which currently displays the 2007 C-100 Mirror Survey of American and Chinese mutual perceptions.
The 2007 “mirror survey” compares opinion polls conducted by the Committee in the United States and China to measure attitudes of the American and Chinese general public, opinion leaders and business leaders as well as other segments of the population, such as U.S. Congressional staffers. Questions probed the respondents’ perceptions of the U.S. and China, bilateral relations, and each country’s economic, military and political power. For American attitudes toward China, viewers also can click on a dropdown box to compare the 2007 results with those of the C-100 2005 opinion survey. Both English and Chinese (simplified and traditional characters) can be used to navigate the site.
This April, the results of the 2012 mirror survey will be uploaded to the micro-site. Viewers will be able to access data from the 2007 and 2012 surveys and compare shifts in the two countries’ attitudes toward each other.
It will be fascinating to see how opinions have changed in the five years since the Committee’s 2007 Mirror Survey, “Hope and Fear.” At that time, a large majority of Americans viewed China's emergence as a military and economic power as a serious or potential threat to the U.S. In 2007, nearly half of Chinese respondents thought that the U.S. was trying to prevent their country from becoming a global power.
About 80% of the 2012 survey questions are based on the 2007 survey questions. New questions in the 2012 survey reflect economic, political, and social shifts and macro-trends that have emerged in China and the United States since 2007.