A record percentage of Americans surveyed for a new poll views China as the biggest threat to America on the planet, Gallup said. 

Forty-five percent of respondents now say China is the top enemy of the U.S., a percentage that has more than doubled since 2020. 

Respondents ranked Russia, North Korea and Iran, respectively, behind China as the United States’ most dangerous enemy on matters of foreign policy and international trade. 

At the same time, overall favorability toward China has slid to a historically low 20 percent, Gallup noted. 

Most respondents also see China as the world’s largest economic power, the survey giant found, with only 37 percent indicating they believe the U.S. is driving the world’s economy. Almost half —  46 percent — said they believe China will remain the world’s largest economic power in 20 years. A total of 63 percent said China’s economic expansion is a threat to the U.S. in the next 10 years. 

Tensions with China have grown since the coronavirus pandemic, which was first reported in Wuhan, began last year. Some U.S. lawmakers and human rights activists have also railed against the Chinese government for reported human rights abuses against ethnic Muslims in some parts of the country. 

President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Split screen: Biden sells stimulus; GOP highlights borderRNC to shadow Biden as he promotes COVID-19 relief billDems’ momentum hits quagmire over infrastructure plansMORE’s administration has in recent weeks strengthened its messaging on China, calling into question coronavirus data the country has reported and vowing to get tougher on trade deals. 

This is our effort to communicate clearly to the Chinese government how the United States intends to proceed at a strategic level, what we believe our fundamental interests and values are, and what our concerns with their activities are, national security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden to hit road, tout COVID-19 relief lawBiden lays groundwork for high-stakes China meetingSullivan says tariffs will not take center stage in talks with ChinaMOREsaid last week.

The Gallup poll was conducted between Feb. 3 and 18 among 1,021 adults in the U.S. and has margin of error of 4 percentage points.