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Most locals favor tomb removal

(Global Times)

08:54, December 03, 2012

More than half of the local residents of Zhoukou, Henan Province who participated in a telephone survey said they support a controversial tomb removal campaign which has garnered widespread criticism and anger from scholars.

The Global Poll Center, which is affiliated with the Global Times, conducted a telephone survey of Zhoukou adults asking for their attitudes toward the tomb removal campaign, which officials say is aimed at turning burial plots into farm land.

A tomb removal campaign in Zhoukou removed more than 2 million tombs on about 2,000 hectares since March, the local government said on its official website.

The Global Poll Center survey, conducted between Thursday and Saturday, interviewed 220 urban residents and 1,139 rural residents. More than half of respondents had not finished high school.

The results show that 52.4 percent of the interviewees support the tomb removal campaign, and more rural residents than urban residents support it.

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