Americans Consider China Top National-Security Threat, Survey Finds | Wall Street Journal

Americans listed China as the nation’s top foe and their trust in the U.S. military dropped to its lowest levels in three years, according to the first major national-security survey conducted since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

For the first time since the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute began surveying Americans about national security four years ago, a majority of Americans—52%—named China as the nation posing the greatest threat to the U.S. That is up from 21 percent four years ago. Russia came in at a distant 14%—a shift from three years ago when 30% of Americans considered that country to be the biggest risk, while China came in second place at 21%.

Thirty-seven percent of Americans polled listed East Asia as the region where the U.S. should dedicate most of its military forces, while the Middle East came in second, with 17%, the survey found.

The 2,523 Americans reached by phone and online were polled by Beacon Research between Oct. 25 and Nov. 7. The survey, which was released Wednesday, had a margin of error of 1.96 percentage points.