Date
24 May 2017
Nearly 38 percent of Hong Kong people between 20 and 24 expressed support for last year's democracy protests against 31 percent who said they were against it, according to a survey. Photo: AFP
Nearly 38 percent of Hong Kong people between 20 and 24 expressed support for last year's democracy protests against 31 percent who said they were against it, according to a survey. Photo: AFP

Three in 10 young people unhappy with HK situation

Three in 10 young people are dissatisfied with the situation in Hong Kong and a slightly smaller proportion say they will join a civil disobedience campaign.

More than eight in 10 said obeying the law is an obligation for every citizen against four in 10 who said there is nothing wrong with civil disobedience, Sky Post reported Tuesday, citing a survey by research group Hong Kong Ideas Center.

The telephone survey polled 1,505 people between 15 and 39 from January to March.

About 47 percent of the respondents between 20 and 24 favor upholding justice through civil disobedience.

And nearly 38 percent expressed support for last year’s democracy protests against 31 percent who said they were against it.

Meanwhile, 34 percent said they support economic integration between Hong Kong and mainland China compared with 28 percent who favor increased cultural ties.

However, 42 percent said Hong Kong does not need China to achieve sustainable growth.

Housing and consumer prices are a primary concern for the respondents, followed by the individual visa scheme for Chinese visitors.

Although they support curbs on arrivals from the mainland, they are against violence against parallel traders, the report said.

Anna Lai, executive director of the center, said she welcomes the central government’s decision to limit Shenzhen residents’ visits to Hong Kong to one a week.

She said the government should promote cross-border exchanges between young people for social and cultural interaction rather than simply sightseeing.

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