Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Most Chinese and Australians are statisfied with their countries direction

"Eighty-six percent of the Chinese surveyed said they were content with the country's direction, up from 48 percent in 2002 and a full 25 percentage points higher than the next highest country, Australia.

By comparison, only 23 percent of Americans surveyed said they were satisfied with the country's direction and only 20 percent said the U.S. economy was good.

Russians were the third most-satisfied people with their country's direction, at 54 percent.

Except for Spain, which placed fourth at 50 percent, the peoples of major European countries were far from content. Only about 3 in 10 British, French and Germans expressed satisfaction (IHT)."

I wonder whether they took the cultural factor into consideration when analyzing the survey result. Chinese generally has a stronger sense of "homeland" and that make them more likely to say yes to a question such as "Are you satisfied with where the country is heading?" I think this is more true in a face-to-face survey.

Here is a piece of evidence for Chinese's national pride, from the same article.

"Murphy said China's mobilization for the Games was something unimaginable in a Western country. "I cannot imagine London taxi drivers complying with instructions to wear uniforms and learn 100 words of Chinese for the 2012 Games," she said."

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