"The party is 'more paranoid' about public opinion than its democratic peers because it lacks elections or a free press for feedback. Now ministries and official media have their own polling units. Universities run state-funded social surveys."
China won’t let independent pollsters conduct big-picture opinion surveys. Benefit to Party: Dissidents remain in the dark about their true strength. Big risk: Party won’t see signs of an unfolding Tiananmen-style explosion. Lessons for all dictatorships.
The 1.4bn-people question – Apparatchiks and academics alike struggle to take China’s pulse