Majority in US Expect Increased Tensions With China, Want Military Conflict Avoided - Poll
16:06 GMT 14.12.2021 (Updated: 16:13 GMT 14.12.2021)
WASHINGTON, (Sputnik) - Most US voters expect tensions with China to rise in the foreseeable future, while also saying that both nations should avoid military clashes at all costs, a new Morning Consult poll revealed on Tuesday.
"Americans are more consistently bearish when it comes to the likelihood of rising military tensions with China. Fifty-six percent of voters anticipate that military tensions will increase over the next 12 months", a press release explaining the poll said.
An even higher share (65 percent) see tensions escalating over the next five years, the press release said.
However, a 59 percent majority feels the United States and China should avoid direct military conflict "at all costs", the release said.
12 December 2021, 15:15 GMT
Moreover, under the hypothetical scenario in which the US military believes China would be defeated, only a tiny share (15 percent) would favour engaging in such a conflict, the release added.
The poll of 1,999 registered US voters was conducted from 29 November to 1 December, according to the release.