China Daily reported on three surveys conducted among readers of various papers this week, and most of the results don’t look so good. In a nutshell, nobody’s happy, everybody wants to be an official, and the dual-pension system sucks.
The first comes from China Youth Daily, who polled 5,440 people and found that 66% want to be officials (even though officials have problems of their own.) The majority of participants were in their 20s or 30s, and from a wide range of professions. Sadly, the reasons given were that regardless of professional skill, it’s basically impossible to get any respect without a title.
Which ties into the happiness poll done by china.com.cn, where only 6% of 1,350 respondents considered themselves happy! Even worse, half go so far as to label themselves “not happy” instead of “average.” Money and stress were the main factors, but those were connected also to the desire for respect within society. The China Daily article tries to turn this one around by pointing out that 36% say their lives have improved over the last five years, while neglecting to mention 64% said their lives have either stayed the same or gotten worse.
The last survey is by far the largest, conducted by People’s Daily. 95,300 were polled about their top concerns leading up to the annual legislative sessions happening this week. 95% said they think the dual pension system, whereby civil servants are given a larger pension than “enterprise employees”, is unreasonable.