Late Saturday evening, Hu Xijin (胡锡进), the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Times, sent out the following tweet on his Sina Weibo account: “Today, the Global Times conducted an online poll asking netizens, ‘Do you think a western-style general elections will lead China to chaos?’ Foreign forces interfered with the poll. Between 1700 and 2100 hours, responses from outside of China increased to 2639 votes, representing 84% of the votes for that time period. Foreign users of Global Times normally account for under 10%, and for online polls, it’s usually under 8%. 84% is a highly abnormal figure. Foreign forces have tried to control the results of this poll and interfered with the fairness of the poll. We have closed the poll at 21:11.”
The weibo has been retweeted close to 2,000 times and received under 900 comments, mostly negative.