Hong Kong people’s positive feeling toward each other has sunk to an eight-year low, according to a survey.
Four in 10 feel positive about one another but the net value is positive 29 percentage points, the lowest since the survey began in 2007, Ming Pao Daily reports.
Net value is the difference between positive and negative feelings.
The Public Opinion Program of the University of Hong Kong interviewed 1,004 people from Nov. 16 to 19.
It said the result reflects polarization in Hong Kong society.
Ivan Choy, a senior lecturer in government and public administration in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said the fall shows more than social disharmony.
He said social contradictions have deepened after conditions such as peace, inclusiveness and politeness have been eroded in recent years.
The drop indicates people’s uneasiness toward a deteriorating social environment, he said.
Meanwhile, less than three in 10 have a positive feeling toward people from mainland China, the lowest among 16 regions and countries.
A smaller percentage has a negative feeling toward mainlanders, up three percentage points from the previous survey.
Hongkongers who have a positive feeling toward the British rose eight percentage points, the second highest increase, behind the French in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.
Columnist Chip Tsao said Hong Kong people have been disappointed with the government after the 1997 handover to China.
They are nostalgic about the old days under Britain, he said.
The survey shows Hongkongers feel positively toward the peoples of Japan, Thailand, Russia, the United Stated and Malaysia but less so about their respective governments.
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