On June 16th, 1997 , the Wall Street Journal published the results of an
opinion poll conducted by the Asian Wall Street Journal and
the Japanese business daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun.
The survey was held at the end of May 1997 among 1204 American and 1200
Japanese adults, and was primarily meant to gauge American and Japanese
opinions about relations with China on the eve of Hong Kong's handover.
Interestingly, the poll found that nearly two out of three people surveyed
-- 60% of the Americans and 64% of the Japanese -- would support recognizing
Taiwan as an independent country.
The poll also found that 38 % of Americans think that advancing human rights
ought to be the primary goal of U.S. policy towards China. Only 28% --
particularly wealthier Americans -- think expanding economic ties should be the
Most Americans, 57%, and 51% of the Japanese consider it fairly or even very
likely that China's ruling Communist Party will collapse in the next 20 years.
51% of the U.S. respondents and 62% of the Japanese also consider it fairly or
very unlikely that the human rights situation in China will improve.