October 7, 2020, 04.07 PM

The same applied to people's confidence in Chinese President Xi Jinping, with a median of 78 percent across the 14 countries saying they had "not too much or no confidence in Xi to do the right thing regarding world affairs".

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Even among those who rated China’s coronavirus outbreak response positively, no more than four in 10 said they trusted Xi, Pew said.

Even as concerns about Xi rise, the survey found that in most countries, more had faith in him than in US President Donald Trump.

In Germany, 78 percent said they had no confidence in Xi — but 89 percent said the same of Trump.

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Although negative views of China rose sharply, the Asian nation fared relatively when it came to perceptions of economic strength.

Only in the United States, Japan, and South Korea did more people consider America the world’s leading economic power.

The countries surveyed were Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

(Writer: David Brunnstrom | Editors: Matt Spetalnick, Peter Cooney)

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/healthcoronavirus-china-survey-idUSL8N2GX691 

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