A survey published in the Beijing Youth Daily has revealed that 97.8% of people believe that the government
pisses away may not be particularly responsible with their hard-earned money. The 2.2% of people who lovingly respect the CCP’s thrift and accounting-skillz are small enough to be a rounding error.
When asked to identify their leading grievances, many (35.5%) said that the abuse of free government vehicles hit the top of their list. The anti-car crowd may be in for a bit of luck: the corrupt-official-mobile (the black Audi) has recently fallen victim to the anti-extravagance crack-down, and may soon be a thing of the past.
Other complaints are a bit harder to remedy: demanding that the finances of local officials be made public (25.6%) and greater accountability from top leaders (16.5%) don’t exactly lend themselves to quick fixes. Officials are notoriously touchy about their finances being released (especially in regards to money spent on banquets, vehicles, and “entertaining”) and it’s easier to get transparency from a concrete wall than from China’s top leaders.
For all the talk about Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive, and for all of Xinhua/China Daily’s prattling on about it, it looks as though the Chinese people are still extremely far from being convinced.