In the past year, the national economic census conducted by the Chinese government has encountered no small difficulties, with some enterprises refusing the economic census. Officers from National Bureau of Statistics find that there are quite some discrepancies between many statistical data drawn in the economic census and historical materials. Li Deshui, Commissioner of National Bureau of Statistics expressed at the end of last year that the statistics department will not revise the data in order to keep unanimous with the historical materials, since this was directly related to the formulation of the national eleventh five-year plan.
What trouble the present China are not only the numerous difficulties in government’s statistical data research, but also the false data flooding in various kinds of social investigation with profits as their target.
The origin of producing trashy data is not merely the problem of investigative technology; the confusions of investigation organizations in trade morals and qualification management leave the normal data collection hard even to take a single step forward. Out of sales purpose, some amateur investigation organizations collect client lists in name of investigation, which has destroyed the reputation of market research and increased the ratio of normal investigation being rejected. These investigation companies sell without restraint information of persons being visited, which has aggravated the inimical feeling of the society towards investigation and more or less influenced all investigation projects, including the national economic census.