Poll Finds Surge of Religion Among Chinese
By Edward Cody
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, February 8, 2007
BEIJING, Feb. 7 -- A new government-sponsored survey on spirituality in China has found that the number of religious believers among the country's 1.3 billion people is far higher than generally known, amounting to as many as 300 million.
The findings, based on a poll of 4,500 people conducted by professors at East China Normal University in Shanghai, supported growing indications that many Chinese are searching for new value systems to replace the communist doctrine that has been jettisoned in favor of market economics and a race for prosperity. the rest
Survey finds 300m China believers
7 February 2007
The number of religious believers in China could be three times higher than official estimates, according to a survey reported by state media.
A poll of 4,500 people by Shanghai university professors found 31.4% of people above the age of 16 considered themselves as religious.
This suggests 300 million people nationwide could be religious, compared to the official figure of 100 million.
China is regularly criticised for cracking down on unauthorised worship. the rest