Date
25 November 2017
Younger age groups have the least confidence in Beijing's promise to uphold the 'one country, two systems' principle, a Hong Kong survey shows. Credits: Bloomberg, HKUPOP
Younger age groups have the least confidence in Beijing's promise to uphold the 'one country, two systems' principle, a Hong Kong survey shows. Credits: Bloomberg, HKUPOP

Hongkongers’ confidence in ‘one country, two systems’ stays low

Hong Kong people’s confidence in the “one country, two systems” promise remains low, with the youth especially voicing the greatest concern, according to the latest survey from the Public Opinion Program of the University of Hong Kong.

The survey, which took the responses of 1,024 people during March 9 to 12, showed that the net confidence ratio over the system was negative 8.6 points, Apple Daily reported.

Hong Kong residents’ confidence in the system has started falling since Leung Chun-ying took over as the city’s chief executive in 2012. The net confidence ratio fell to negative 0.1 points in mid-2013 before hitting a new low of negative 18.7 points in September last year.

The latest survey found that younger people have less confidence in the system, compared to the older age groups.

Sixty-nine percent of interviewees aged between 18 and 29 said they have no confidence in the “one country, two systems” promise, compared with 50 percent who expressed similar sentiment in the 20-49 age group and 41 percent of those aged above 50.

Similar results were also seen in relation to the public’s faith in the governments of Beijing and Hong Kong.

Residents’ net value of confidence ratio in the Hong Kong government dropped to minus 0.3 points, down from 1.9 in December.

People’s confidence net value on the future of Hong Kong was minus 3 points, while that on the future of China was 30 points.

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