Date
25 July 2017
More people are expected to oppose the election bill, according to an academic, after the latest survey showed an even split in public opinion. Photo: Reuters
More people are expected to oppose the election bill, according to an academic, after the latest survey showed an even split in public opinion. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong public split over election bill a week before vote

Hong Kong people are evenly split over an election reform bill less than a week before it goes up in the Legislative Council.

A survey by three leading universities shows public opinion is deadlocked at 42.8 percent, with 14.5 percent undecided.

The poll was conducted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic from June 2 to 6.

Dr. Chung Kim-wah, an assistant professor in Hong Kong Polytechnic, said public opposition to the proposal grew after Beijing reaffirmed its hard line during a meeting with Hong Kong legislators last month in Shenzhen, according to am730.

He said there’s a chance more people will oppose the proposal by the time it goes to Legco.

Meanwhile, a survey by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants shows 52 percent of the accountancy functional constituency are against the reform plan against 45 percent that support it.

Two percent of 3,900 questionnaires came back with no comment.

Emily Lau said the Democratic Party will vote against the bill, regardless of public opinion.

Civic Party’s Ronny Tong questioned the credibility of the joint university survey, saying an even split is highly improbable.

And legislator Wong Kwok-hing of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions said the survey cannot be trusted because the respondents could have been misled.

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