Date
14 December 2017
Among other indicators regarding the rule of law, the support for Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma (left) has declined. Photo: HKEJ
Among other indicators regarding the rule of law, the support for Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma (left) has declined. Photo: HKEJ

Ratings of social indicators by Hongkongers drop: HKU poll

Hongkongers are feeling less positive toward society these days, a report released Tuesday by the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Program (POP) shows.

Their assessments of four out of five core social indicators — the degree of democracy, freedom, prosperity, and compliance with the rule of law — have decreased since February. 

Ratings for freedom, prosperity and the rule of law reached their lowest levels since 2004 or 2005.

However, the respondents’ assessment of the degree of stability, the fifth core indicator, increased slightly.

In the survey, done from July 20 to 23, 1,010 Hongkongers were randomly interviewed by phone about their views and appraisal of social indicators.

Robert Chung Ting-yiu, the director of POP, said ratings for all the sub-indicators for the rule of law decreased.

The support rating of Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, chief justice of the Court of Final Appeal, dropped 2.4 points to 66.

Impartiality of the courts and fairness of the judicial system were also rated lower.

For seven “non-core” social indicators — the degree of public order, civilization, efficiency, social welfare sufficiency, corruption-free practices, equality, and fairness — ratings for all except degree of civilization also decreased.

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