Date
17 December 2017
A survey shows that the public is becoming more impatient and less supportive of the Occupy campaign. Photo: AFP
A survey shows that the public is becoming more impatient and less supportive of the Occupy campaign. Photo: AFP

HKFS gets highest rating among top political groups: survey

The Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS), the student group leading the pro-democracy Occupy campaign, has joined the city’s top 10 political groups for the first time, RTHK reported Tuesday.

In the latest survey by the University of Hong Kong, the HKFS ranks first on the “top 10″ list, although its rating is less than 50.

All the other political groups on the list got ratings of less than 43, while the bottom three got less than 40, the report said.

“All political groups have become losers in the Occupy Movement,” the HKU said in a statement accompanying the survey.

Support for all political groups have gone down significantly, compared with their ratings four months ago. The Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, Democratic Party, Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions and Civic Party all dropped to their record lows since they first appeared on the list.

This shows that the public is becoming more impatient and less supportive of the movement, the statement said.

In a separate survey by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 73 percent of the respondents said they hope the protesters will end the Occupy campaign immediately.

Among these respondents, however, there are those who are supportive, neutral or against the movement, the newspaper said.  

According to the survey, which was based on an interview of 554 people over the weekend, views are divided on who would be capable of defusing the political standoff.

Of the respondents, 35.7 percent said Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his administration have the capacity to urge protesters to end their street occupation, while 34.7 percent believe no single person or group would have such capacity.

And another 13.3 percent believe the central government or the National People’s Congress could fix the issue, the report said.

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