Majority of Americans Support Sanctions on China If It Aids Russia: Poll

Nearly 75 percent of likely voters polled believe that President Joe Biden should issue similar sanctions on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as he has on Russia, if the CCP chooses to provide aid to Russia. The poll follows allegations by the U.S. State Department that CCP leadership was mulling a request for economic and military aid from Russia following the latter’s mismanagement of its invasion of Ukraine. Both China and Russia have denied the report. Biden recently met virtually with CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping and said that China would face “consequences” if it delivered aid to Russia, but declined at the time to explicate what those consequences would be. Last week, leadership from across the 30 member nations of the NATO alliance also condemned Russia and formally called on the CCP not to provide such aid. Meanwhile, the Chinese communist regime has repeatedly refused to denounce Russia’s invasion or join multilateral sanctions placed on Moscow by the rest of the international community. Former Assistant Secretary of State David Stillwell has described the United States’ relationship with China as being in a state of Cold War, and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said that the Sino-Russian partnership would only deepen in the next decade. As such, broad support of coercive economic measures against the CCP should it support the war in Ukraine more directly could prove to be a litmus test for how Americans view the international order going into the 2022 midterm elections. China’s close partnership with Russia, which emerged shortly before Russia’s Ukraine invasion, is now putting China in a precarious position,” said Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action (CoSA), a nonprofit that aims curb the scope of federal government, which conducted the poll. “Americans believe, quite simply, that if the international community is able to obtain proof that the CCP is supporting Russia’s war in Ukraine, China should face the same economic consequences being imposed on Russia,” Meckler said in a statement. Such sanctions found support from a broad majority of Americans regardless of party affiliation but was slightly stronger among Republicans. The poll, exclusively obtained by Epoch Times affiliate NTD, was conducted by CoSA in partnership with pollster Trafalgar Group. It elicited responses from more than 1,000 likely voters in the 2022 midterms from across the political spectrum. In all, 77.8 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of Democrats polled were in favor of sanctioning the CCP if it provided aid to Russia. 76.4 percent of independents also agreed. What type of aid the CCP would need to deliver to Russia to warrant the sanctions was not explicit in the language of the poll. Follow Andrew Thornebrooke is a reporter for The Epoch Times covering China-related issues with a focus on defense, military affairs, and national security. He holds a master's in military history from Norwich University.

Majority of Americans Support Sanctions on China If It Aids Russia: Poll

Nearly 75 percent of likely voters polled believe that President Joe Biden should issue similar sanctions on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as he has on Russia, if the CCP chooses to provide aid to Russia.

The poll follows allegations by the U.S. State Department that CCP leadership was mulling a request for economic and military aid from Russia following the latter’s mismanagement of its invasion of Ukraine. Both China and Russia have denied the report.

Biden recently met virtually with CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping and said that China would face “consequences” if it delivered aid to Russia, but declined at the time to explicate what those consequences would be.

Last week, leadership from across the 30 member nations of the NATO alliance also condemned Russia and formally called on the CCP not to provide such aid.

Meanwhile, the Chinese communist regime has repeatedly refused to denounce Russia’s invasion or join multilateral sanctions placed on Moscow by the rest of the international community.

Former Assistant Secretary of State David Stillwell has described the United States’ relationship with China as being in a state of Cold War, and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said that the Sino-Russian partnership would only deepen in the next decade.

As such, broad support of coercive economic measures against the CCP should it support the war in Ukraine more directly could prove to be a litmus test for how Americans view the international order going into the 2022 midterm elections.

China’s close partnership with Russia, which emerged shortly before Russia’s Ukraine invasion, is now putting China in a precarious position,” said Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action (CoSA), a nonprofit that aims curb the scope of federal government, which conducted the poll.

“Americans believe, quite simply, that if the international community is able to obtain proof that the CCP is supporting Russia’s war in Ukraine, China should face the same economic consequences being imposed on Russia,” Meckler said in a statement.

Such sanctions found support from a broad majority of Americans regardless of party affiliation but was slightly stronger among Republicans.

The poll, exclusively obtained by Epoch Times affiliate NTD, was conducted by CoSA in partnership with pollster Trafalgar Group. It elicited responses from more than 1,000 likely voters in the 2022 midterms from across the political spectrum.

In all, 77.8 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of Democrats polled were in favor of sanctioning the CCP if it provided aid to Russia. 76.4 percent of independents also agreed.

What type of aid the CCP would need to deliver to Russia to warrant the sanctions was not explicit in the language of the poll.


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Andrew Thornebrooke is a reporter for The Epoch Times covering China-related issues with a focus on defense, military affairs, and national security. He holds a master's in military history from Norwich University.