Hong Kong people are still divided on the issue of political reform.
According to a phone survey conducted by the Center for Communication and Public Opinion Survey (CCPOS) of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 40.2 percent of the respondents said they would accept the electoral reform framework set by the National People’s Congress, up 1.9 percentage points from the last survey made at the end of 2014, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Those who said “no” accounted for 46.9 percent of the respondents, the newspaper said.
It was the first time that those in favor of Beijing’s electoral reform plan surpassed the 40 percent mark. The poll, the fifth of its kind, was conducted between March 2 and 9 involving 1,000 respondents aged 15 and above.
It also found that those in favor of the proposal was 44.4 percent, if the government appoints individual members to replace corporate representatives on the nominating committee that will select the candidates to the 2017 chief executive election. That’s one point down from the last year.
Under this condition, 38.1 percent were against the plan, up three points.
However, the affirmative rate rose to 57.7 percent if the government promised to further improve the plan after 2017 while those opposing the plan fell to 33.5 percent.
Meanwhile, eight in 10 respondents agreed that any political pursuit should be expressed in a peaceful manner. Only 6 percent disagreed.
Lawmaker Paul Tse Wai-chun said the results suggested the reform plan is still controversial, adding that he expects the number of those supporting it and those opposing will be about equal at the critical stage.
Civic Party leader Alan Leong said society is clearly divided on the issue, and therefore there is no need to give the results too much attention.
On the implementation of the “one country, two systems” policy for Hong Kong, the CCPOS survey found that the average score given by respondents was 4.84 in a scale of 0-10 with 10 being the most satisfied. That’s down from 4.99 in the last survey.
Meanwhile, 18.8 percent said they would consider emigration, down 1.9 points, while 81 percent said they had no intention to do so.
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