Date
16 December 2017
Four in 10 of those who want the street occupation to end say the protesters should find other means to resolve the political standoff. Photo: Reuters
Four in 10 of those who want the street occupation to end say the protesters should find other means to resolve the political standoff. Photo: Reuters

Survey: Eight in 10 Hong Kong people want protest to end

An overwhelming number of Hong Kong people want the street occupation by pro-democracy activists to end, a survey by the University of Hong Kong shows.

The survey asked 513 citizens by telephone to answer questions submitted by the public.

More than eight in 10 said they want the street protests to end, according to the university’s Public Opinion Program, which conducted the poll from Nov. 17 to 18.

Only 13 percent said the protest should continue and nearly nine in 10 said they had never participated in it.

No comparative figures were given.

Forty percent of those opposed to the continuation of the seven-week-old action said the protesters should find other means to resolve the standoff.

Three in 10 said the street occupation should never have happened in the first place.

Nearly 70 percent said the government should clear the protest sites immediately, with a quarter of them saying the political impasse need not be conclusively resolved.

Ivan Choy, a political commentator and lecturer in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said the survey showed that the longer the street occupation lasts, the more people will oppose it, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

Public support for the protesters might have been dented by an attack on the Legislative Council building by a group of masked men on Wednesday, he said, although the protesters appear to have had nothing to do with it.

Six of about a dozen attackers have been arrested.

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