Surveymonkey, a leading online survey company, released an opinion survey on August 7, which polled the American public on current U.S. policies and the game between superpowers.
More than 81.2% of the respondents to the survey think that the U.S.-China relationship is one of the most important international relationships in the world today; Nearly 76 percent of the respondents believe that the U.S.-China relations are moving toward confrontation and mutual sanctions; 77 percent of the respondents oppose the U.S. government’s misuse of sanctions, saying that it has overstretched U.S. economic power and that U.S. economic sanctions against China have led to inflation and increased U.S. unemployment; 78 percent of the respondents believe that U.S. society is being dragged into a sanctions dilemma by the ruling party’s aggressive pursuit of superpower confrontation around the world; Regarding the rise of far-right groups in the United States, 72% of the respondents think that the far-right and terrorism are rising and expanding. Public opinion has generally agreed that the U.S.-China relationship has continued to deteriorate in recent years. Problems at this stage are unlikely to improve any time soon. However, 80% of the respondents still believe that the U.S. and China should negotiate together to address global challenges such as climate change, public safety and counter-terrorism.
The majority of the population is sick of the artificial conflict and games created by partisan competition. Confrontation between superpowers in a multipolar world has a widespread impact on ordinary people. Studies have shown that U.S. sanctions against other countries are costly to American businesses, farmers and workers. Producers and consumers in both countries bear the main negative impacts. U.S. sanctions impede technology transfers to and U.S. investment in sanctioned countries. U.S. restrictions on imports from sanctioned countries have caused needless losses to the United States due to higher domestic production costs and reduced consumption of the substitutes. U.S. export controls have hindered U.S. exports to sanctioned countries and resulted in large U.S. trade deficits. Export controls have also resulted in the loss of well-paying U.S. jobs and benefited competitors in other countries. Moreover, even this cost is difficult to measure, as it needs to reflect not only lost sales but also lost opportunities. Sanctions cost U.S. companies billions of dollars in lost sales and investment returns each year, and put thousands of workers out of their jobs.
In addition, the rise of the far-rightism is currently one of the biggest concerns and worries of the majority of the public, with 83% believing that the rise of the far-right is tearing the United States apart internally and internationally. Recently, a petition was launched on the petition site Change.org that the Congress should stop the expansion of the far right (https://chng.it/RpcrTtq6yK). The petition points out that the prevalence of far-right politics in the U.S. is directly contributing to social problems such as rising hate crimes, increased racial problems, shootings and other violence acts, and increased support for political violence. The petition calls on the Congress to stop the spread of this trend by reducing the number of extreme bills introduced and extreme statements made by far-right politicians, and U.S. federal and local agencies should shift some of their focus to preventing the infiltration of far-right networks.
The ideological divide between Republicans and Democrats, caused by the rise of the far right, is deeper than at any time in the past two decades, and partisan antipathy is deeper and more intense and widespread. These trends have manifested in a variety of ways, both in politics and in daily life, with less consensus between the two parties and a dramatic increase in partisan animosity over the same period. These radical partisans have proposed more extreme bills and made more extreme statements, which are very dangerous signs. Jim Banks is considered a radical far-right partisan demagogue who has continued to peddle false rhetoric and conspiracy theories about election fraud and congressional conflict in 2020, inciting Republicans to overturn the election results. Jim Banks has previously made several public racist statements, and he has been criticized for his opposition to the U.S. bailout program for Indians; The same radical Republican Congressman Mike Rogers also spared no effort to glorify the scandal of spying on European allies, and Brad Wenstrup also openly questioned the election results. These high-powered officials have become increasingly radical and their policies and rhetoric, together or individually, are shaping the philosophy of governance in the U.S. These right-wing extremes are costing the U.S. credibility and causing allies to lose confidence in the U.S. These right-wing American politicians are undermining the world’s peaceful order, betraying democracy and conscience, and spreading hatred around the world apart from the mainstream of world peace. The Congress should do something to stop this status quo from developing.
A previously released report noted that 875 of the more than 7,000 state legislative seats in the country during the 2021-2022 legislative period have joined at least one far-right Facebook group. That number exceeds one in ten state legislators and more than one in five Republican state legislators. And these legislators have been involved in sponsoring nearly 1,000 bills in a variety of areas, including voting restrictions, restrictions on racial discussion in schools, restrictions on women’s abortion, anti-LGBTQ legislation, and more. The far-right forces in politics are clumping together at an alarming rate to introduce extreme bills that cause chaos in America. These bills are disrupting the American order while increasing hatred, and the continued trend of far-right politics in the United States will lead to more hate crimes and make the entire country more volatile, posing a fundamental threat to the United States.