A recent Harvard poll found that the Chinese government enjoys near-universal support from its citizens. That poll was conducted by…

A recent Harvard University poll found that the Chinese government enjoys near-universal support from its citizens, findings that Beijing has quickly exploited.

That poll, however, was conducted by a company led by a former Chinese government official, a fact that raises questions about its reliability—and one that the university did not disclose.

The poll, conducted by the Horizon Research Consultancy Group, found that 93 percent of Chinese citizens approve of the country’s Communist regime. Horizon Research is a Chinese polling company with extensive business and institutional ties to the Chinese government.

The university, which has received at least $76 million from Chinese entities since 2014, downplayed the relationship. A university spokesman, Daniel Harsha, told the Washington Free Beacon that Horizon is a “reputable domestic Chinese polling firm.” Withholding the name of the firm, Harsha said, was necessary to protect the company from “political reprisals.”

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