From Shanghai Daily:
Seventy percent of a China Youth Daily survey believe that the Internet has become a new medium where Chinese people can freely express their opinions.
The survey was made after President Hu Jintao made his first public online chat on June 20. Hu told netizens that reading news, both domestic and international, was what he enjoyed the most when surfing the Internet.
More than 67 percent of 2,874 surveyed said the Internet had become a major medium for the government to learn about the daily lives of people and to understand their thinking.
About 62 percent of the respondents felt that the government was paying attention to communicating with people and President Hu Jintao’s online chat was a good example of Chinese democracy.