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Beijing Listens to the People. What Does That Mean?

At The Washington Post last week, Simon Denyer reported on the expansion of Beijing’s efforts to gather data on public opinion, both online and through surveys: [… T]he government is trying to understand public opinion on...

China Missing From Global Corruption Report

When China placed 80th out of 176 countries in Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index, some netizens suggested that the organization must have been bribed to give it such a high ranking. But when TI...

Polls Show US Concerns Over a Rising China

Committee of 100 (百人会), a non-partisan, non-profit organization striving to bring “a Chinese-American perspective to issues concerning Asian Americans and U.S.-China relations” recently released the results of their...

China’s Far Too Rosy Self Image

John Pomfret writes on his blog about a recently released poll indicating that 92 percent of Chinese believe their country has a mostly positive influence on the world. From Pomfret’s China: To me this poll illustrates one...

The Rigged Jiangsu Public Opinion Poll

Roland Soong of ESWN translates a piece from China National Radio on the discovery of rigged answers to a Jiangsu public opinion poll. Villagers complained that questions regarding annual incomes, social security, and overall...

Officials: Inflation Biggest Concern – People Online

Translated by CDT from People Online via sina.com: With skyrocketing housing and pork prices, inflation, not surprisingly, has topped the list of concerns in a recent survey of officials who are in Beijing attending a Party School study session. The survey, started in 1998, sent out 170 questionnaires and received 154 effective returns, covering a […]

Pollster takes the people’s pulse in top-down China – Geoffrey York

From The Globe and Mail: For the big-city mayors, it should have been disastrous news. A poll had found their approval ratings below 35 per cent. Their honesty had been ranked even lower, with less than 16 per cent seeing them as incorruptible. In the West, these kinds of poll numbers would spell political death. […]

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