The first, from Pew Research Center and released in late May, surveyed people in 39 countries about their opinion of their countries' economies. The second, conducted by Spanish telecom firm Telefonica and the Financial Times, focused on 18 to 30 year-old "millenials" in 27 countries. The results, when pieced together, show a Chinese people that is, on the whole, remarkably optimistic about their country.
- 88 percent of Chinese people feel good about the economy, according to Pew, more than in any other country surveyed. By contrast, only 59 percent of Brazilians felt similarly, and just 33 percent of Americans are optimistic. Among China's neighbors, 27 percent of Japanese people and a mere 20 percent of South Koreans reported that the current economic situation in their country was good.
- Economist expectation of a slowdown aside, 80 percent of Chinese people surveyed believe the economy will improve in the next 12 months. Meanwhile, a majority of Japanese, South Korean, and American respondents believe that their respective economies will either stay the same or get worse.
- In the Telefonica/FT poll, 93 percent of Chinese people believe their country's best days lie ahead. By contrast, 81 percent of Japanese people believe the opposite about their own country.
- In officially Communist China, two-thirds of those surveyed believe they have an opportunity to be an entrepreneur in their country, a figure that is, again, higher than that of Japan and South Korea.
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