You're concern trolling at this point.If your only argument is "You are wrong because your sample size is flawed" then you are really not going to convince anyone here. Feel free to show some evidence that prove your 'less-than-anecdotal' and thus far fact-free argument.
Ironically, the 200 companies I met are actually quite positive on the outlook (nArRaTiVe ViOlAtIoN much?) of the companies given globalization of their businesses.
Last I checked Didi drivers (I probably engaged with 50) and barbers aren't exactly the types who are "rich people who hate the idea of communism and love the idea of neoliberalism".
Your original argument is that elites have negative sentiment and it's going to drag everything down. Are you including Didi drivers in your definition of elites?
A 2021 poll from Canada showed that Chinese citizens have a 98% satisfaction with their government.
Do you have more recent data that would refute this? If you do not, then your claims are indeed just anecdotes.
What data? Where's your actual data, not anecdotes? You mean this type of data, showing that China's recovery is on track?Also, my point re: QFin 360's consumer loan data deteriorating - keep in mind they service 10s of millions of extremely low income types who do odd jobs here and there - I can guarantee you they are not happy and doing well.
The final point here is that, the economic data speaks for itself. Those who were bulled up on a rapid snapback in early 2023 (namely those who tried to chew me out because I was not 'pro-china' enough) clearly did not have the right expectations and were wrong.