How Germans Feel and Think about China, and why: Preliminary Survey Findings

07.05.2018 - 12:00 to 13:30
Location : 
A 5,6 Raum A 231
Type of Event : 
AB B-Kolloquium
Prof. Peter Gries
Lecturer affiliation: 
The University of Manchester
How does the German public feel about the Chinese government and its people? What China policies would they prefer? And what are the primary drivers of their views? We present some preliminary answers to these questions based on a nationally representative survey implemented by YouGov in April-May 2014. Germans feel cooler towards China than the French and British publics do, which is surprising given greater German benefits from trade. And in Germany, surprisingly, dominance ideologies predicted coolness towards the Chinese people, but desires for more conciliatory China policies. This may reflect a “Don’t poke the bear” attitude among authoritarian personalities in Germany. Other findings and policy implications will also be discussed.