(FreedomBeacon.com)- After shooting down China’s balloon, China denied Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s request for a secure contact with his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, and lodged an official protest with the American Embassy.
According to a survey of 900 probable U.S. voters, tensions are on the rise.
An opinion survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports and published on Thursday found that over half of the probable American voters see China as an adversary and anticipate a war.
From February 4–7, Rasmussen carried out a poll. With a 95% level of confidence, the margin of sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points. The study was conducted a week after the U.S. military shot down the balloon Beijing said was a rogue “civilian airship” for weather research.
Regarding a possible war with China, 38% of those polled said it is not likely in the next five years.
Republicans (58%) are far more likely than Democrats (44%) or unaffiliated people (40%) to believe that the United States will wage war against China in the next five years.
Compared to 66% of Republicans and 46% of people who are not connected with either major party, just 33% of Democrats believe that China is an adversary of the United States.
While 36% of respondents said China is neither a friend nor an adversary of the U.S., 48% said it is.
President Joe Biden has a 34% positive or outstanding rating for how he has handled China-related problems, compared to a 47% unfavorable rating.
Gordon Chang, a Chinese relations expert and senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, issued a warning that the Biden administration isn’t prepared to confront our enemy in light of the U.S. Department of Defense being on “high alert” following the Sunday shooting down of an unidentified flying object over Lake Huron.
Congressman McCaul, Representative (R-TX 10th District) since 2005, said, “we are not being protected by the President of the United States, whose principal obligation it is to safeguard us from foreign assault.”
Is it treason, like Congressman McCaul suggests, or is it simply obliviousness?
Rasmussen should ask that question.