Broad public recognition of China's growing pains notwithstanding, the latest Pew Global Attitudes survey found broad acceptance among the Chinese of their country's transformation from a socialist to a capitalist society with seven-in-ten saying people are better off in a free-market economy, even though this means some may be rich while others are poor. This sentiment is true across demographic groups, and even those in the low-income category believe in the benefits of the free-market system.

The Daily Number is a statistic, updated every weekday and typically drawn from Pew Research Center project findings, that highlights an important trend.

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