Poll: Most Still Buying Goods From China

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A flood of recent recalls hasn't stopped most Americans from buying goods made in China, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll released Thursday.

Sixty-five percent say they're still purchasing products made there, while just 14 percent say they've stopped buying Chinese-made goods.


RECENT BUYING HABITS FOR GOODS MADE IN CHINA


Stopped buying
14%
Have not stopped
65%


And despite multiple recalls of Chinese-made toys, three-quarters of parents of children under age 8 say they haven't stopped buying products from China.

While few Americans rate the quality of Chinese products highly, most think they aren't any more dangerous than goods made elsewhere.


ARE CHINA-MADE PRODUCTS MORE DANGEROUS THAN OTHER IMPORTS?

Yes
35%
No
55%


Fifty-six percent of Americans say the overall quality of goods from China is typically fair or poor. Just 11 percent say Chinese products are excellent or very good, while 30 percent call them good.

Overall, just under three quarters of Americans (71 percent) say they pay attention to where the goods they purchase are manufactured. People under the age of 30 are less likely to look at where the products they buy are made.

This poll was conducted among a random sample of 1,282 adults nationwide, interviewed by telephone October 12-16, 2007. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups is higher.

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