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...

In New Research, A More Cynical Urban China

Patrick Boehler of the South China Morning Post reports that new research by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences showed that conservatives outnumber liberals in Chinese cities: Some 38.1 per cent of those surveyed held more...

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...

Gallup Survey: Americans’ Most and Least Favored Nations

From Ten countries are viewed unfavorably by at least half of Americans. Of these, Iran, North Korea, the Palestinian Authority, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Cuba are viewed more negatively than positively by a...

You Are as Happy as the Government Says You Are

Danwei translates an article from the Nanjing Morning Post about a telephone survey in a town near Nanjing to measure residents’ well-being: Early this month, the people of Shiqiao, a town in Nanjing’s Pukou...

A Chinese Government Survey

Guo Yukuan (郭宇宽) writes in his blog on, translated by the EastSouthWestNorth blog: I just read a great story in Nanjing Morning News. In Shiqiao town, Pukou district, Nanjing city, there was a survey of how well-off...

2008 Lowy Poll: Australians Wary Over China’s Rise

The Interpreter, a weblog of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, reports that a recent 2008 Lowy Poll received mixed reviews on how Australians interpret China’s growth. The study found that 52 percent of...

Most Chinese University Students Want to Study Abroad – Xinhua

Studying abroad attracts most Chinese students, reported by Xinhua: More than 80 percent of university students in China want to study abroad, according to a new online survey. The survey, conducted by the China Youth Daily and involving 2,400 university students, revealed that 42 percent of respondents believe an overseas education will be beneficial to […]

China Warns Against Illegal Surveys by Foreigners – Reuters

After the China Development Brief, published by Briton Nick Young, was closed down for allegedly “conducting unauthorized surveys,” the Chinese government has sent out a warning to foreigners about the types of information they try to procure in China. From Reuters: China’s state-controlled media have warned citizens to raise their awareness and prevent leakage of […]

More Than Half Of Chinese Officials Of County Level Believe In Fortune Tellers

According to this article in Hong Kong’s Wenhui Daily, (via, a recent large-scale survey focusing on government officials at the county level (Âéø§ÑÁ∫ßÂÖ¨Âä°Âëò) revealed 54% of officials believe in superstition. The survey was done by a study group of National Administration College (ÂõΩÂÆ∂Ë°åÊîøÂ≠¶Èô¢), The report is named„ÄäAnalytical Report of Basic Science Literacy of County […]



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