Most theories of public opinion assert that the public is heavily reliant on political leaders and the news media. But despite over 20 years of hyperbolic rhetoric about the “China threat,” the American public does not share the foreign policy establishment’s concerns. My colleague Eric Gomez and I explore the poll data and argue that the public’s views of China are much more sanguine than those of its fearful leaders.

Read the piece at Cato.org here.

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