Date
18 August 2017
More young people in Hong Kong are disillusioned with the government, according to a new survey. Photo: Scholarism Facebook
More young people in Hong Kong are disillusioned with the government, according to a new survey. Photo: Scholarism Facebook

Hong Kong youth disaffection with politics growing

A growing number of young people in Hong Kong are dissatisfied with the political situation, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Tuesday, citing a survey by the Chinese University.

The university’s youth satisfaction index showed a 13 percent fall in sentiment toward the government in a sample of 1,001 respondents.

Fifty-eight percent gave a failing mark to the government, saying they are especially unhappy about injustice.

Youth disaffection with politics has risen over the past year, sparking a slew of anti-government initiatives by young people, Ng Sai-leung, an associate professor of the university’s department of geography and resource management and director of the center for quality of life, was quoted as saying.

Ng said the government should respond to the views of young people or risk trouble in implementing policy.

An undergraduate, surnamed Szeto, said more young people have taken to the streets to express their concerns over policies they find unjust.

Paul S.N. Lee, dean of social science and professor of journalism and communication, urged the government to engage young people and reflect their opinions in policymaking, the report said.

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