Americans Prefer Protecting Taiwan Over Good Relations with China

More Americans favor taking a firm stance to safeguard Taiwan rather than prioritizing positive relations with China. 

  • 51 percent of Americans believe “taking a strong stand so that China does not take over Taiwan by force” is more important than “the U.S. maintaining good relations with China.”  

WHY IT MATTERS – Congress recently established a new select committee to address issues concerning U.S. China relations, with plans for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to visit Taiwan.  

PROTECTION FOR TAIWAN – A recent YouGov poll asked if Americans believe that the United States should provide military assistance to protect Taiwan against China in the event of an armed conflict. 

  • 37 percent – believe the U.S. should help protect Taiwan with military force 
  • 22 percent – believe the U.S. should maintain good relations with China 

The poll asked Americans how much they knew about relations between China and Taiwan. 

  • 63 percent– A lot  
  • 33 percent– A little  
  • 13 percent– Nothing at all  

FRIEND OR FOE – The YouGov poll also asked Americans if they view China as an ally or an enemy.  

  • Two in five Americans view China as an Enemy  

BOTTOM LINE – More than half of Americans prioritize preventing China from forcibly taking over Taiwan over maintaining positive relations with China. 


The Wall Street Journal U.S. to Expand Troop Presence in Taiwan for Training Against China Threat 

The Economist A new challenge to relations between America and China