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Gallup Polls: Images of the Chinese and Japanese

A 1942 image of a Japanese American. Photo: Dorothea Lange/National Archives.

A 1942 image of a Japanese American. Photo: Dorothea Lange/National Archives.

The following sets of percentages relating to the Chinese and the Japanese (George Gallup Polls) are taken from a sampling made in 1942, just after Pearl Harbor when the Chinese had become our heroic allies andthe Japanese our attacking foes; again in 1966, when the Chinese hadlong since become the foe and Japan the ally; and again--though regrettably not about the Japanese this time--in March 1972, just after President Nixon's trip to Beijing. The selection of adjectives is asfollows:

 

 


CHINESE
1942 1966 1972
Hardworking 69 37 74
Honest 52 - 20
Brave 48 7 17
Religious 33 14 18
Intelligent 24 14 32
Practical 23 8 27
Ignorant 22 24 10
Artistic 21 13 26
Progressive 14 7 28
Sly 8 20 19
Treacherous 4 19 12
Warlike 4 23 13
Cruel 3 13 9


JAPANESE
1942 1966
Treacherous 73 12
Sly 63 19
Warlike 46 11
Hardworking 46 11
Intelligent 39 44
Brave 24 17
Religious 20 18
Progressive 19 31
Artistic 19 31
Ignorant 16 4
Practical 9 17
Honest 2 9