萬國公報: A Review of the Times
I posed these questions to over 400,000 people in all 1st level subdivisions across the country. This is what I found.
The Zhen's Likes and Dislikes
Around the country, people are divided in their opinions of different countries on the globe. Attitudes are ranked in descending order, with the most favourably viewed to the least favourably viewed.
* Note: the 'Favour' and 'Oppose' percentages may not add up to 100%. That's because there are people who pick "no opinion" or "neutral" when it comes to rating countries. Likewise, the 'Oppose' percentages are not ranked in descending order.
TSPR; Seri Sayam
Siam; Seri Sayam
Kra; Seri Sayam
The results of this analysis reveal people are strongly in favour of increased gender equality but share more tepid enthusiasm for increased ethnic, religious and racial diversity. And despite secularization trends, most across the 400,000 surveyed do not oppose a more important role for religion in their society.
Are you in favour of increased gender equality?
Do you think the Zhen is socially progressive?
Do you think the Zhen is equal in terms of gender?
Are you in favour of increased ethnic/racial diversity?
Are you in favour of increased religious diversity?
Are you in favour of secularization?
Is religion important?
Do you think familial ties are weakening?
Are strenuous work schedules to blame?
Are overly high expectations to blame?
Is the age gap to blame?
In addition, a substantial chunk of the population surveyed says that family ties are weakening, and in almost all respondents say that this is a bad thing. Commonly attributed causes to weakened family ties include more strenuous work schedules, high expectations on children, and the previous generation "losing touch" with the next one.
Across the country, there is strong consensus that diversity has increased in their countries. There are divides, however, within the country due to its variety of demographic and political groups. In most cases, people who are more in favor of diversity tend to be younger, have tertiary education, and place themselves on the left end of the political spectrum.
Are you in favour of increased refugee quotas?
Do you think the Zhen should take in more refugees?
Are you in favour of immigration into the Zhen?
Do you think immigrants want to integrate into Zhen society?
Are you in favour of immigration by highly skilled people into the Zhen?
Do you think immigrants bring crime into the Zhen?
In the Zhen, a nation with over 60,000 refugees (from North Korea and Myanmar) as well as 600,000 expats, attitudes are mixed on foreigners entering the Zhen. Some say that they make the country stronger because of their work and talents, while others say that these people are a burden because they take jobs and social benefits.
Attitudes are mixed on immigrants’ willingness to adopt the destination country’s customs or wanting to be distinct from its society. A median of 49% among countries surveyed say immigrants want to be distinct from the host country’s society, while a median of 45% say immigrants want to adopt the host country’s customs and way of life.
However, it is worthy to note that many are in favour of the Zhen extending a more generous asylum programme for political refugees, especially amidst the recent crisis in Myanmar.
A majority of the public says immigrants want to adopt the country’s customs and way of life. The country, whose low population growth rate (0.7%) has to make immigration relevant for its population growth, and has recently changed its citizenship policies to attract more foreigners. They cite the growing footprint of the Zhen languages, as well as more cultural exchange programmes abroad, as a sign that more people are taking an interest into the Zhen's customs and way of life, and that such actions can be reflected onto the immigrant population.
However, similar to populations in other economically advanced countries with a high number and share of immigrants, a majority of Zhen citizens support encouraging the immigration of high-skilled people into the country. These people were also asked to determine which types of people were considered to be "high-skilled people", to which a majority of respondents assented to influx for doctors (77.8%), engineers (72.5%), entrepreneurs (70.2%), artists (66.1%), scientists (66.0%), and researchers (59.6%).
In recent years, security concerns about immigration have become part of the public debate in many countries. Some of these concerns are about crime and immigration, while others are about terrorism and immigration. In several immigrant destination cities, large majorities say immigrants are associated with more crime, even though the stereotype may not hold true 100% of the time.
Are you in favour of the new General Election?
Are you in favour of socialism?
Do you think the Zhen government works well?
Do you think the Zhen government caters to the needs of the people?
Are you in favour of a positive assessment for the Zhen economy?
Do you think the Zhen government does enough to combat environmental issues (i.e: pollution)?
Are you in favour of the Public Order Act?
Do you think the Zhen government does enough to combat climate change?
Are you in favour of tougher fuel efficiency standards for vehicles?
Do you think the Zhen is safe?
Do you think the Zhen handles unemployment well?
Of course, nothing is perfect.
A majority of locals continue to say they see the effects of climate change in their own communities and believe that the federal government falls short in its efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change. At a time when partisanship dictates most views of policy, broad majorities of the public say they would favour a range of initiatives to reduce the impacts of climate change, including large-scale afforestation efforts, renewable energy use, 'smart' grids, tax credits for businesses that capture carbon emissions, and tougher fuel efficiency standards for vehicles.
Public concern over climate change has been growing in recent years, particularly among the youth, and there are no signs that the COVID-19 pandemic has dampened concern levels. The new national survey finds a majority of respondents want the government to play a larger role in addressing climate change. Public dissatisfaction with government environmental action is not limited solely to climate: a substantial chunk of the populace also continue to say the government is doing too little in other areas, such as protecting air and water quality and wildlife.
Amidst the passing of the Public Order Act in 2020, there has been broad public support in the Zhen for permitting citizens to sue BOJ officials, as a means to hold them accountable for misconduct or using excessive force.
Some other topics include the ineffectual National Assembly, which dictates policy on the national level. Socialism has also come under debate, as questions about the Zhen's status as a "socialist monarchy" begin to take the limelight. For many people across the world, “socialism” is a word that evokes a weakened work ethic, stifled innovation and excessive reliance on the government. For others, it represents a fairer, more generous society. Critics of socialism point to Venezuela as an example of a country where it has failed. People with positive views of socialism cite different countries, such as Finland and Denmark, as places where it has succeeded.
Amid record unemployment claims and the disruption of commercial activity caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, the public’s assessments of the Zhen economy have deteriorated with extraordinary speed and severity. Some have commented on the need of institutional reform to combat joblessness, while others have said that the massive projects the Board of Works had binged on could potentially set the Zhen back on the right path.
We asked the respondents a series of other questions, to gauge their responses. Here was what we found:
Do you think the Zhen is responsible for excacerbating the refugee crisis in Myanmar?
Do you think the Zhen is justified in its war with Myanmar?
Are you in favour of the Royal Family?
Is the UN a big fat joke?
Should we reclaim artifacts from the British Museum?
Is the British Museum the world's number 1 thief?
Does Hollywood make good movies?
Are you in favour of the new electric vehicle tax exemptions?
Have you bought stocks amidst the July stock rally?
Do you think the French are cheese-eating surrender monkeys?