Date
24 November 2017
Hongkongers are increasingly unhappy with their government and society. Photo: Bloomberg
Hongkongers are increasingly unhappy with their government and society. Photo: Bloomberg

Public sentiment in Hong Kong worst in 16 months

Hong Kong people are increasingly unhappy with the city and its government, an index released by the University of Hong Kong shows, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

The Public Sentiment Index compiled by HKU’s Public Opinion Program (POP) fell to 61.8 points on March 8, down 5.9 points from the previous survey at the end of February and its lowest level since November 2013.

The index consists of two components.

The government appraisal score, which reflects the public’s appraisal of the administration, fell 2.5 points to 72.8. 

The society appraisal score, reflecting the public’s appraisal of the social environment, dropped 6.2 points to 72.

The index and its subscores each lie on a scale of 0-200, with 100 being “normal”.

The newspaper quoted Ivan Choy Chi-keung, a lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as saying the decline in the index was partly attributable to the clashes between the police and protesters against parallel trading in the past two weeks.

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