Assessing Popular Support for the Communist Party of China

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


In the absence of multiparty electoral competition, it is challenging to assess popular support for the Communist Party of China. Existing methods rely on unidimensional measures which are often reduced to a simple dichotomy of high or low support, therefore missing a measure for ambivalence. This study argues that party support in China has two dimensions. The specific dimension is trust in the Party, while the diffuse one is endorsement of one-party rule. The study therefore identifies three attitudes towards the Party—support, ambivalence and dissent— and concludes that popular support for the ruling party is weaker than the Party itself has claimed it to be.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-71
Number of pages21
JournalChina: An International Journal
Issue number2
Early online dateMay 2023
Publication statusPublished - May 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
For helpful comments on earlier drafts, the author would like to thank Lance L.P. Gore, Frank Pieke, Gunter Schubert and Vivienne Shue. He also thanks Kai Yang for rendering research assistance. The research was supported by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (project no. CUHK14601820).

Publisher Copyright:
© China: An International Journal.


Dive into the research topics of 'Assessing Popular Support for the Communist Party of China'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this