Chinese Want Democratic Reform First, Official Poll Shows

25 November, 2012 at 07:14 | Posted in China, human rights, Society | Leave a comment
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By Tang Ming
Epoch Times Staff

While the Chinese Communist Party focuses its future on economic reform, what the people really yearn for is political reform and greater freedoms, an online poll shows.

Just before the Communist Party’s 18th National Congress, a public opinion survey titled “Online Survey Focusing on 18th Congress,” conducted by state-run People’s Daily, questioned the priorities of its readers. The respondents’ top priority was a democratic political system (56,414 votes); eliminating corruption was second place (36,641 votes), improving livelihoods was third (32,410 votes), and economic development was fourth (12,470 votes).

Xi Jinping, the new General Secretary of the CCP, and other top leaders have said that they will concentrate on improving the nation’s economic condition. They mentioned little of substance about prospects for genuine democratic political reform.

Among the poll’s most frequent comments left by netizens were matters of livelihood: making a basic living and getting by. They were concerned about increasing their salaries and pensions, getting the household registration system canceled, and seeing greater government investment in primary education.

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