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Survey Finds that People Would Like to Have Their Representatives Contact Information

Following the conclusion of the Two Conferences (the National People’s Congress and the Chinese Political Consultative Conference), China Youth Daily Social Investigation Center conducted a survey involving 2,412 people, 38.9 percent of whom were born in the 1970s and 24.2 percent of whom were born in the 1980s.

The survey showed that 88.2 percent wished that their representatives would regularly perform their roles. Of those surveyed, 95 percent stated they don’t know their local representatives’ contact information; 76.1 percent wanted to have their representatives’ contact information so they could raise issues and make suggestions; 91.2 percent wanted it to be mandatory for the representatives’ contact information to be  publicly accessible; 88.3 percent wanted their representatives to take more responsibility and not just attend the “Two Conferences.” Out of this group, 68.4 percent felt "quite strongly" about it.

As to the specific actions that they wanted their representatives to perform, they are ranked as follows: supervising government work (88.5 percent), gathering public opinion (86.8 percent), and raising concerns on behalf of the general public (81 percent).

Source: Xinhua, March 20, 2012