Date
15 December 2017
Hongkongers are very unhappy with the city and its government, a survey has shown. Photo: Bloomberg
Hongkongers are very unhappy with the city and its government, a survey has shown. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong public sentiment index at two-decade low

Hong Kong people are increasingly unhappy with the city and its government, according to an index compiled by the University of Hong Kong, RTHK reported Thursday.

The Public Sentiment Index (PSI), compiled by the Public Opinion Programme (POP) at the University of Hong Kong, has fallen to 64.4 as of September 14, down 8.6 from the previous survey in late August, the report said.

The latest reading marks a two-decade low for the index, according to the report.

The index consists of two components: the government appraisal (GA) score, which measures the public’s confidence in the administration; and the society appraisal (SA) score, reflecting sentiment towards the social environment.

The latest PSI reading can be considered to be among the worst one percent in the past 20 years or so, mainly due to significant and parallel drops in the GA and SA scores, to 74.3 and 74.4 respectively, according to the survey. GA and SA scores have declined 7.1 and 5.6 respectively.

“The latest changes in PSI are probably related to the ongoing discussions on political reforms,” according to Frank Lee, Research Manager of Public Opinion Programme.

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