My Beijing neighborhood committee and town hall are constantly putting up announcements, inviting people of a certain grouping (renters, homeowners, over 70, women under 40, those with or without medical insurance, retirees, etc.), to answer surveys. The CPC is the world’s biggest pollster for a reason. Baba Beijing wants to honor its Heavenly Mandate and keep society harmonious and cooperative. China’s democratic dictatorship of the people is highly engaged at the day-to-day, citizen-on-the-street level. I find it much, much more responsive and democratic than the the travesty dog and pony shows acted out in the West, and I mean that seriously. I know, because I live in a middle class Chinese community and talk to them all the time. Jeff J. Brown
According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, “Nine in ten Chinese are happy with the direction of their country (85%), feel good about the current state of their economy (91%) and are optimistic about China’s economic future.”
And the WorldPublicOpinion.org survey, which is managed by the University of Maryland’s Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA), asked 19,751 people in 20 countries how much confidence they have in each of seven key leaders “to do the right thing regarding world affairs?” Among the least negative were citizens of the world’s fastest-rising powers: China and Russia. Russians gave Vladimir Putin a popularity rating of 75 and the Chinese gave Hu Jintao an almost unbeliveable 93.
Ivo Daalder, a former staffer on the National Security Council who’s now at the Brookings Institution, argues: “Where is the average condition of the average person looking brighter?” Umm, China?
Steven Kull, director of WorldPublicOpinion.org, explains Chinese respondents’ generosity by arguing that “when you’re on the rise, as China is, there’s an upbeat feeling that leads to a sunnier disposition. The Chinese feel that life is working for them.”Britain’s BBC World Service asked 22,783 adult citizens across 22 countries: How much of your taxes are being wasted by the government?” China is the most optimistic among all the countries surveyed for business conditions over the next five years (66% good times). Do we really need to ask is the government of China popular? Let’s ask Jack Ma, one of the most successful Chinese businessmen and one of the richest men in the world:
Martin Jacques: Is China more legitimate than the West?
Research on Chinese Government Trust