By Evonne Tang, Youthink Center
(English Translation by Alice Chen, UN Millennium Campaign)
Initiated by the United Nations, the “MY World” survey has been going on for over a month’s time in China through the outreach of Youthink Center and many other partners. So far, we have not only assembled a large team of volunteers, but also encouraged more regions in China to participate, improving the “MY World” survey’s overall participation.
Volunteers come from all over the world, including the 27 provinces and four municipalities, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions, and the U.S. and the U.K., most of which are volunteers from Beijing.
“My World” survey data is also very interesting. Look at the overall survey ranking: Globally, “MY World” has over 7.26 million responses; Mexico so far has the greatest number of responses, totaling more than 1.58 million votes (1.5% of the total population).
China (as of March 20) has a voter turnout of nearly 80,000 people, putting China at the 8th spot in terms of country votes. However, because of China’s huge population base, this figure could become even greater. Through our efforts, if we can get more people to participate in activities, China will become a force to be reckoned with in the MY World survey.
Looking at the global data, the highest priority is “A better education.” However, the top Chinese vote is for “Better roads and traffic.” (Perhaps this is because of the hordes of people who are squeezed tightly on the subway, or because the roads are often blocked, so this vote might reflect voters in China are not very satisfied with the current state of traffic and transportation, which can improve).
Interestingly, when you look at the survey data from Youthink’s results, you can see that men are most concerned with “Better transport and roads,” while women are most concerned with “Support for those who can’t work.”
The picture below shows that difference voters from various age groups and education-levels place on the priority, “An honest and responsive government.” We can easily see children 15 years-old or younger were not very concerned about this option compared to the vast majority of other voters. Could it be that perhaps children and youth are not too attuned to political affairs and this might be a global trend?
As a result of the economic crisis, it seems that people around the world are concerned about “Better job opportunities.” But for highly educated people, the issue seems to be less of a priority. Rather, issues such as “Access to clean water and sanitation” are of a greater priority.
Interestingly, Youthink data shows that people over the age of 46 are most concerned about “Access to clean water and sanitation,” and “An honest and responsive government.”
Responses from Youthink Volunteers:
“I have always been interested in and have followed International NGOs. From a random opportunity I found out about the UN “MY World” survey volunteer program, and I joined decisively. I wanted to help others while also elevating my self, and to enjoy myself by serving others. Through this, I wanted to learn and find enjoyment. For this type of work, one needs to start bit by bit.” –2015 “My World” volunteer Fu Biao (Gathered Votes: 684)
“What is most surprising to me is that my 8-year-old cousin was also excited joined me in gathering MY World votes. At the beginning I thought, how can a child have any interest in this or ideas of his own? However, afterwards I realized, age does not matter and children also have their ideas of what an ideal world should look like, just as we do. We shouldn’t judge people by their appearance; everyone thinks differently and has different hopes and dreams because of their different living environment and different education background. On the surface, I am a volunteer for “MY World,” but in reality, through this experience, I was the one who benefited by growing up and by thinking more critically about the world around me.” –2015 “My World” volunteer Chen Xiao (Gathered Votes: 129)
(Original Chinese text below)
第一名 重庆邮电大学 王腾 2008票
第二名湖北武汉协和医院 程娅婵 1999票
第三名中国政法大学 马子悦 1155票
第四名北京语言大学 徐梦婧 1085票
第五名吉林建筑大学 林城江 731票
第六名唐山中国平安保险公司 付彪 684票
第七名东北财经大学 宁欣 677票
第八名中南财经政法大学 潘舒静 568票
第九名浙江大学宁波理工学院 齐常辉 561票
第十名同济大学 何文意 534票