By Michael Evans
Confidence in anti-corruption measures are at a five-year low among urban Chinese, according to a new survey.
The survey, released Tuesday by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, found similarly low levels of trust in efforts to narrow the country’s widening wealth gap.
These findings come in spite of bold words by new CCP leader Xi Jinping pledging to tackle government corruption, as well as the numerous officials who have fallen from power across China in recent weeks after their misdeeds were exposed online.
The annual study, which examines the quality of life among China’s urbanites, also looked at city dweller’s concerns over safety. It found that food and drug safety continues to be a top concern for many, followed by fears over crime and poor quality counterfeit goods.
Looking at trust in the media, the survey found that urbanites as a whole rank TV as the most trustworthy medium, followed by newspapers and the internet. Among young people under 30, when breaking news happens, 44.4 percent trust Weibo, while a lower (but still surprisingly high) 38.7 percent trust the state-run TV news broadcast Xinwen Lianbo.