A top University of Hong Kong (HKU) pollster says he and people like him have been targeted by parties “very close to the top leader” of the government.
Robert Chung, director of the HKU Public Opinion Program, has decided to suspend its exit polls for the Legislative Council elections on Sunday, public broadcaster RTHK reports.
This is the first time HKU has scrapped exit polling.
Chung told RTHK that whether or not he will resume polling for future elections would depend on who becomes Hong Kong’s next chief executive.
“If we are going to see a new government which would respect, help and encourage professionalism in every field, including the media and, of course, academia, then maybe we would change our mind,” Chung said.
He said the credibility of independent pollsters has been undermined as society has become more polarised, according to RTHK.
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