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Chinese villagers less willing to participate in politics:survey


08:07, November 29, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- A survey of Chinese rural dwellers shows that young villagers are less willing to participate in political issues than the older generations.

The survey, conducted by the Chinese Rural Research Institute of the Central China Normal University in Wuhan, Hubei Province, shows that villagers under the age of 30 are more reluctant to vote, attend village meetings or submit proposals.

In contrast, villagers of 60 years or older are more willing to participate in village public issues, according to the survey report that was released in Beijing on Monday.

The survey also indicates that migrant workers, who are relatively better-off, show less interests in village politics or national issues than those who work in agriculture.

China had been implementing village-level elections for about two decades. A national law on village committees empowers villagers to conduct once a year "democratic review" of their leaders.

The survey among 4,794 rural families across the country also shows that 41.2 percent of rural dwellers think that there is a clear gap between the rich and the poor in their villages.

While 73.3 percent of those surveyed said the gap between the rich and the poor would have a bearing on social interaction.

The survey, conducted by teachers and students from the Central China Normal University this year, covered 270 villages across the country.


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See at 2011-11-2960.50.5.*
Villagers in china should wake up that the right are not taken away. The head man in the village either old or young should explain to the villagers their rights if not the there is no democarcy in the country and the incumbent deputies will abuse his power

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