70% Say They're Better Off Than They Were 5 Years Ago--in China

By Elizabeth Harrington | October 23, 2012 | 10:19am EDT

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(CNSNews.com) - Times are tough – but not so bad in China.

“While the global financial crisis has taken a serious toll in many nations over the last few years, most Chinese report continued economic progress,” says the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project.

“Indeed, 70% say they are better off financially than they were five years ago.”

The Pew survey, based on interviews with 3,177 Chinese adults, was conducted between March 18 and April 15, and the findings were released on Oct. 16.

“Additionally,” the survey found, “a remarkable 92% of Chinese say their standard of living is better than their parents’ at a similar age.”

The survey also found that roughly three-in-four residents of the Communist country agree that most people are better off in a free-market economy.

Chinese attitudes towards America also have changed, with positive views of President Barack Obama and the nation as a whole declining.

“The Chinese public increasingly expresses reservations about relations with the United States,” Pew said.  “Over the last two years, ratings for the U.S. and President Obama have declined significantly.”

Pew found that the percentage of Chinese who characterize their country’s relationship with the U.S. as one of cooperation has “plummeted” nearly 30 points since 2010, from 68 percent to 39 percent.  “Still, many Chinese embrace aspects of America’s soft power, including U.S. science and technology and American ideas about democracy,” the survey said.

Since 2010, the Chinese people’s confidence in Obama has declined 14 points, to 38 percent today.  More Chinese adults (41%) now have “no confidence” in President Obama, an increase of 11 points in two years.

Furthermore, 26 percent now say that the America-China relationship is one of “hostility.”

The Pew Global Attitudes Project conducts public opinion surveys around the world on a broad array of subjects ranging from people’s assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world.

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