The impression that Hongkongers hold of one another is worsening as society has become more polarized, the Public Opinion Program of the University of Hong Kong found in a survey.
The proportion of respondents to the poll, done between May 29 and June 6, who had a good impression of fellow Hongkongers was 41 percent, 8 percentage points lower than in the previous survey, done six months ago.
It is the lowest ratio since the survey was first done in 2007, when the figure was 58 percent.
However, the proportion of Hongkongers who had a bad impression of other locals fell 1 percentage point to 10 percent.
The net value — the difference between those who had good and bad impressions — fell 8 percentage points to 30 percent (after taking into account rounding errors).
The results show that Hong Kong’s society has become polarized, said Robert Chung Ting-yiu, director of the program.
The survey, in which 2,127 Hong Kong residents were interviewed, found they had a better impression of the people of Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and mainland China than of their respective governments.
The net value for mainlanders was 7 percent, compared with 59 percent for Taiwanese and 44 percent for Macanese.
But the net value for the Hong Kong government was minus 8 percent, compared with minus 1 percent for the mainland government, 23 percent for the Taiwanese government and 28 percent for the Macau government.
As regards foreigners, respondents had the best impression of Singaporeans (with a net value of 59 percent), Canadians (50 percent), Japanese (47 percent), Australians (41 percent), Britons (38 percent), Germans (35 percent), South Koreans (34 percent) and Americans (29 percent).
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