Re­port finds safe food a key con­cern

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By TANG YUE tangyue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Chi­nese have se­ri­ous con­cerns over the safety of food, en­vi­ron­ment and per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, ac­cord­ing a re­port re­leased on Mon­day.

Food safety is the big­gest con­cern for Chi­nese, with 11.8 per­cent of peo­ple be­liev­ing food is “very un­safe”, 15.1 per­cent feel­ing it is “un­safe” and 28.1 per­cent say­ing it is “not very safe”, ac­cord­ing to the 2016 An­nual Re­port on So­cial Men­tal­ity of China by the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences.

The sta­tis­tics are based on a sur­vey of 15,870 peo­ple across the coun­try in Au­gust and Septem­ber.

Those sur­veyed ap­peared to be, in gen­eral, nei­ther happy nor un­happy. Ad­dress­ing the state­ment “I am a happy per­son”, re­spon­dents were asked to se­lect a score on a spec­trum be­tween one (to­tally dis­agree) and seven (to­tally agree). The av­er­age score of the re­spon­dents was 4.18.

Ad­dress­ing the state­ment of “so­ci­ety is just” us­ing the same spec­trum, the av­er­age score was 3.78.

The re­port found that eco­nomic pres­sure is the big­gest source of stress, fol­lowed by mar­riage and fam­ily re­la­tions.

Re­spon­dents in first-tier cities, which refers to Bei­jing, Shang­hai, Guangzhou, Shen­zhen and Tian­jin, suf­fer from more pres­sure than those liv­ing in smaller cities, the re­port said.

How­ever, pres­sure caused by fam­ily and so­cial re­la­tions is higher in smaller cities, be­cause of lim­ited job op­por­tu­ni­ties and a less fair so­cial en­vi­ron­ment, it said.

Among var­i­ous pro­fes­sions, peo­ple tend to trust teach­ers the most, fol­lowed by doc­tors, po­lice­men, judges, lawyers, mi­grant work­ers, taxi driv­ers, bosses, ex­perts, baby sit­ters, jour­nal­ists, busi­ness­men, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, gov­ern­ment clerks, cler­gy­men and bro­kers, the re­port said.

Peo­ple born in the 1990s tend to trust oth­ers the most, while those born in the 1950s find it most dif­fi­cult to trust oth­ers. Those in ru­ral re­gions trust peo­ple more than those in ur­ban ar­eas, while those liv­ing in the city who don’t hold a hukou — per­ma­nent res­i­dence per­mit — are the most vig­i­lant among all groups, the re­port said.

It also found that Chi­nese ne­ti­zens care most about top­ics as­so­ci­ated with liveli­hood and celebrity news. They are also highly en­gaged in dis­cussing gov­ern­ment pol­icy and is­sues sur­round­ing na­tional sovereignty, it said.

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