Date
27 May 2017
Young people are most concerned about Hong Kong not being able to govern itself with a high degree of autonomy and not having real universal suffrage in the selection of its next leader. Photo: Reuters
Young people are most concerned about Hong Kong not being able to govern itself with a high degree of autonomy and not having real universal suffrage in the selection of its next leader. Photo: Reuters

Political issues top concern of HK youth, survey shows

Young Hong Kong people are most worried about political issues.

They are concerned about Hong Kong not being able to govern itself with a high degree of autonomy and not having real universal suffrage in the selection of its next leader, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday, citing a survey.

The survey was conducted from April 9 to May 3 by the Hong Kong Baptist University Center for Youth Research and Practice which interviewed 509 people between 15 and 39.

The respondents scored 1.7 on political issues where four means most optimistic and one most pessimistic.

On social issues, they recorded 1.73 and 1.77 on income inequality and monopolies, respectively.

By contrast, the interviewees were most optimistic about being able to boost their competitiveness with further studies, scoring 3.19.

Also, they were optimistic that they don’t need to borrow money to live (3.06) and in having a sense of belonging (2.84).

They scored 2.92 in the government’s capability to handle a health crisis.

Victor Wong, an associate director in the center, called on the government to establish a mechanism for youth concerns and not force them to blindly accept authority.

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