Chinese people are the most upbeat in the world about their domestic economy, a poll by Washington D.C.-based think tank Pew Research Center showed this week.
Pew interviewed 48,643 people across 44 countries from March to June to evaluate global consumer sentiment six years after the onset of the global financial crisis.
The predominant mood was glum; a global median of 60 percent of respondents see their country's economy performing poorly. But sentiment varied widely from country to country.
China registered the most positive views, with 89 percent saying they are satisfied with the way things are going –a surprise to some considering chatter among China watchers has been fairly bleak.
"The Pew research seems odd to me especially given that property prices are correcting in China," Francis Cheung, China economist at Asia research house CLSA, told CNBC. He also highlighted the impact of the government's anti-corruption campaign, which has taken its toll on some retail sectors.
However, Cheung pointed out certain drivers that may underlie the positive sentiment: "Job creation is very strong driven by the services sector and wages, especially for factory workers, continue to rise," Cheung added.
Meanwhile, Patrick Chovanec, managing director and chief strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management, told CNBC Chinese people are optimistic because they grew accustomed to robust economic growth in recent decades.
Gross domestic product (GDP) growth in China slowed to 7.4 percent on year in the first quarter, the slowest pace in six quarters, but inched up to 7.5 percent in Q2. Growth has slowed substantially from the double digit gains the economy enjoyed throughout much of the past decade.