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Most say U.S. consumers, companies, government share blame for Chinese product safety problem

Most say U.S. consumers, companies, government share blame for Chinese product safety problem

Sweeping majorities of Americans say U.S. consumers, companies and the government deserve at least some blame for the rash of unsafe products from China, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Thursday.
With the tally of Chinese goods bearing high levels of chemicals and toxins growing almost daily, people in the survey reserved the bulk of their ire for Chinese companies. Nearly two-thirds, or 64 percent, said Chinese firms making the tainted products deserve a lot of the responsibility, more than anyone else.
Even so, by a broader measure there was widespread consensus that plenty of blame can be spread on both sides of the Pacific. Eighty-four percent said Chinese manufacturers and the U.S. businesses which sell Chinese products in this country deserve some or a lot of culpability for the problem.
In addition, while 79 percent said the Chinese government bears at least some fault, a similar 75 percent said the same about the U.S. government. And 71 percent said U.S. consumers insisting on low-cost goods have at least some responsibility as well.
"If we find something for one dollar (euro.73) instead of $1.10 (euro.81), it's like a herd instinct, we'll all trot over there," said Carol Mason, 59, a retired telephone company office manager. "Well, the lowest price is not always the best if you want a quality product."
Almost two-thirds, or 65 percent, said the U.S. government is not doing enough to ensure that Chinese imports are safe. That criticism was voiced by majorities from all regions and segments of the population, though women and Democrats were likelier to feel that way.


Updated : 2020-11-30 07:30 GMT+08:00