Recently we stumbled across People’s Daily’s Survey for 2011 NPC & CPPCC Sessions. Their statement of purpose says they want to learn “the hot topics and the major concerns” from netizens about the sessions, in order to better report on the issues. The bizarre selection of questions that follow make it pretty obvious there are at least one or two other motives at work. Here’s a few highlights we don’t think you should miss:
After all the standard survey questions (age, origin, etc) question 6 presents us with what appears to be a child’s acronym sorting exercise:
After a few more questions about which NPC/CPPCC events bore you the least (maybe they think really it’s all English-speaking party members taking this quiz? Because I can’t imagine anybody else demonstrating interest in the opening ceremony of the NPC), then there’s this weird investment question:
Then they hit you with the REAL stuff:
Might be losing their participants here. Is this an opinion survey, an economics quiz, or monetary policy research? And bringing up official network monitoring to an international audience? Sorry People’s Daily, we’re not going to think grassroots-Weibo-accountability-type monitoring. We’re going to think censorship-type monitoring.
As suggested in the comments on the survey, the last question about Expo/Asian Games/Chang-e 2 hints that the whole thing may have been a cut-and-paste job from last year’s quiz.
Oh and did you notice how many languages the survey’s in? Obviously People’s Daily really cares what foreigners think. Also interesting to note, the questions are a little different in different languages (for example, Spanish-speakers are asked whether they think trade between Latin America and China has decreased Latin American dependence on the U.S.)
Lastly, but not least-ly, there’s “Ask Wen” box (or maybe “Wen Wen”? eh? eh?) where you can enter a question that will be scrolled across the People’s Daily NPC & CPPCC coverage page!