Optimism Grows Among China's Urban Dwellers

Publication: The Wall Street Journal

Author: Jason Leow

07/23/2008 - Urban Chinese are overwhelmingly happy with their country's economic and political progress -- and register higher levels of "national contentment" than those of other nations, according to a large-scale international public-opinion survey by the Pew Research Center.

Thirty years after China's Communist Party freed up markets and loosened political controls, 82% of the Chinese polled by Pew -- who were mainly residents of relatively prosperous cities -- say the economic situation is "good," while 86% say they are satisfied with the direction the government is taking the country.

On these measures, the Chinese surveyed were far happier than citizens of Australia, which ranked second and trailed by double digits in both categories in the Pew Global Attitudes Project. The U.S. ranked 20th out of the 24 countries covered by the surveys this year. Twenty percent of Americans surveyed ranked their economy as good and 23% said the government was on the right track.

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