Macau residents’ confidence in the central government has dropped to the lowest level since the territory returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1999, Apple Daily reported Friday, citing a survey released by the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Program.
The survey, conducted between Dec. 1 and Dec. 3, showed the people’s net trust in the Macau government and the central government declined by 7 percentage points to 32 and 33 points respectively from 2013, the report said. The poll covered 502 Macau residents, who were interviewed by phone.
The residents’ net confidence in Macau’s prospects and the “one country, two systems” policy also fell to new lows.
On the four core social indicators, respondents gave Macau 7.22 points for prosperity, with 0 being the lowest and 10 the highest. They gave freedom a score of 6.71, a fresh low since 2001, while stability was unchanged at 7.2 and democracy at 5.51.
Media credibility was given a rating of 5.2 points, the lowest since 2003.
The survey also showed that Macau residents were most concerned about livelihood, accounting for 64 percent, followed by economy with 24 percent and politics with 4 percent.
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