On China, Voters Trust Joe Biden More Than Donald Trump: Fox News Poll

Former Vice President Joe Biden is more trusted to handle relations with China than President Donald Trump, a new poll has found.

The poll, published by Fox News on Thursday night, found that 43 percent of voters trusted Biden to do a better job on the issue, while 37 percent said the same of Trump.

Although the president led his Democratic challenger by six points among male voters, Biden was more trusted on the foreign policy matter among non-white voters and women.

The former vice president was also found to have an eight-point lead over Trump on China among poorer voters with household incomes below $50,000.

Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping
Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Joe Biden inside the Great Hall of the People on December 4, 2013 in Beijing, China. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Asked which country they thought was the "worst enemy" of the United States, a plurality of all polled American voters (36 percent) said China was their biggest adversary.

By comparison, 18 percent said Russia was America's "worst enemy" while 16 percent told pollsters that North Korea was the U.S.'s worst opponent.

Biden's six-point total lead over Trump on the issue of relations with China puts him outside the Fox News poll's margin of error.

The Fox News poll was conducted between May 17 - 20, and included interviews with 1,207 registered voters. Its margin of error stands at 3 percentage points.

Fox News released the results of its new poll as U.S. relations with China continued to be a focal point of the 2020 presidential election campaign.

Amid a war of words between the two countries over the origins and the novel coronavirus pandemic, both the Biden and Trump teams have sought to portray one another as soft touches on China.

An attack ad posted on social media by the Biden campaign in April accused Trump of "rolling over" for the Chinese and initially praising the country's reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The presumptive Democratic nominee's campaign video was a response to an attack ad run by Trump's re-election campaign days earlier.

"Biden stands up for China while China cripples America," the campaign spot said over clips of the former vice president clinking glasses with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

A Morning Consult poll published Wednesday found a small margin between the pair on China, with 40 percent of respondents saying they most trusted Biden to handle Washington-Beijing relations, and 38 percent saying the same of Trump.

Of those polled, 61 percent of voters described China as "unfriendly" or an "enemy" to the U.S., an increase of 9 points since January.

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