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Surveying Public Opinion in Transitional China: An Examination of Survey Response

Ren, Liying (2009) Surveying Public Opinion in Transitional China: An Examination of Survey Response. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study investigates the usefulness of public opinion survey in China for political research. Using data from the World Values Survey and from several Chinese public opinion surveys, my central inquiry consists of three separate but interrelated issues: are public opinion survey data from China truthful, meaningful, and comparable? I frame these questions in a comparative perspective and in the transitional contexts of China. By examining the issues of item-nonresponse, norm-seeking response, and cross-national comparability, I show that the validity of survey response in Chinese opinion surveys is mainly influenced by the respondents' cognitive ability, political interest, media exposure, and cultural difference. Political control is present in the form of response effect and information control, but it should not be a serious concern about the use of Chinese survey data.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTang, Wenfangtang@pitt.eduTANG
Committee MemberBarker, David
Committee MemberHarris, Jonathanjonharri@pitt.eduJONHARRI
Committee MemberRawski, Thomastgrawski@pitt.eduTGRAWSKI
Date: 24 June 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 16 April 2009
Approval Date: 24 June 2009
Submission Date: 23 April 2009
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: China; public opinion; survey research; survey response
Other ID:, etd-04232009-143429
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:41
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:42


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