Date
23 August 2017
In terms of support for political parties, the DAB ranked first, followed by Democratic Party, Civic Party and People Power. Photo: HKEJ
In terms of support for political parties, the DAB ranked first, followed by Democratic Party, Civic Party and People Power. Photo: HKEJ

Public support for political parties declining

Seven out of 10 people in Hong Kong say their perception of political parties in the city has deteriorated from a year ago, Metro Hong Kong reported on Friday, citing a survey conducted by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies in July.

Around 60 percent of the respondents said political parties are not productive as they always quarrel.

The pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) remained the top political party in terms of public support, according to the survey.

The survey, conducted by the HKIAPS under the Chinese University of Hong Kong, interviewed 829 permanent residents by phone, with 69.7 percent saying their impression of local political groups worsened from a year ago, up 12.1 percentage points from last year. Only 3.4 percent of the people said they have a better impression of the groups, down by 1.4 percentage points from 2013.

Of the respondents, 57.9 percent said they are not optimistic about the outlook of political parties over the next 10 years, up by 8.9 percentage points from last year.

Only 6 percent said they are satisfied with the performance of political parties, while 45 percent said they are not happy with how the groups have performed, up by 3.5 percentage points from a year ago.

Meanwhile, 47.6 percent said people join political parties for personal gain, while 14.4 percent disagreed with the notion.

In terms of support for political parties, the DAB ranked first, gaining the support of 12.8 percent of the respondents, followed by the Democratic Party with 5.9 percent, Civic Party with 4.9 percent, and People Power with 2.4 percent.

Scholarism got on the list for the first time, with 1.7 percent saying they support the student activist group, the report said.

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