Date
28 May 2017
Hong Kong government will take comfort from a new poll that points to lower levels of opposition to the plan related to the 2017 chief executive election. Photo: HKEJ
Hong Kong government will take comfort from a new poll that points to lower levels of opposition to the plan related to the 2017 chief executive election. Photo: HKEJ

New poll shows opposition for political reform at its lowest

A new opinion poll has shown that opposition to the government’s political reform proposal has fallen in Hong Kong, while the support level held steady.

According to the survey conducted by three local universities, public opposition to the 2017 electoral plan was at 34.5 percent, the lowest since the rolling poll began in April.

Meanwhile, about 47.7 percent of the respondents said they support the proposal.

That means a net support rate of 13.2 points, the second highest level since the political reform proposal was unveiled, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

The highest net support rate was at the end of April, when the figure stood at 13.8.

The latest poll, conducted by the University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic, saw 1,123 people being interviewed during May 18-22.

Satisfaction on the performance of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was 41.8 points, down 0.4 points from last month, while that for administrative secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was at 52, down 2.9 points.

A full score is 100 points.

Some 26.3 percent of the respondents said they trust the central government, while 36.5 percent of them said they don’t.

About 20 percent said they are satisfied with the Hong Kong government, while 41 percent said they are dissatisfied. About 37.2 percent of the respondents said they had no opinion.

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