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Most Chinese feel pressure from inflation

By Wang Kala (Beijing News)

15:41, December 21, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Nearly 70 percent of Chinese people have felt the pressure from inflation, and believe it has affected their daily lives, according to the results of a comprehensive survey of China's Social Situation in 2011 released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) via its newly launched online data platform named "CASS Zhixun."

Free raw data available online

The CASS Zhixun integrated the academy's advantageous resources and formed a unified and publicly accessible database. It provides free raw data to the public. Users can simply log in to the platform, submit an application and obtain relevant raw data after being approved.

The CASS randomly surveyed 6,468 residents above 18 years old from 100 counties and 480 villages in 28 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, including the country's five first-tier cities.

40 percent of residents "live in poor conditions"

According to the survey results, over 75 percent of respondents believe their current living standards are better than five years ago.

Nearly 70 percent have felt the pressure from inflation, which they believe has affected their daily lives.

Nearly 40 percent said that they "live in poor conditions and cannot afford to build or buy a house."

Furthermore, most respondents thought they have a happy family life, with the average family happiness index standing at 7.2 points.

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