27 October 2016
The survey results suggest a decline in the quality of life of Hong Kong youth. Photo: HKEJ
The survey results suggest a decline in the quality of life of Hong Kong youth. Photo: HKEJ

HK youth feel politically helpless, survey says

The quality of life of young people in Hong Kong has slightly declined this year from a year ago, according to a recent survey by the Centre for Quality of Life at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Based on the survey, the MTR-CUHK Youth Quality of Life Index was 99.68, or 0.62 percent lower than the score of 100.3 last year, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The survey was conducted from May 30 and July 26 on 1,003 local respondents aged 15 to 24.

The index consists of 28 indicators that are grouped in eight domains, namely physical health, psychological well-being, society, economics, education, politics, living environment, and overall well-being.

This year, 13 out of the 28 indicators have worsened, with the indicator on “perceived impact on policy” plunging 10 percent from a year ago, the lowest since the survey was launched in 2012/13.

This in turn dragged down the index for the entire politics domain by as much as 4 percent.

Despite the drop, the index for “government performance evaluation” recorded a surprise increase, reaching 2.2709 from 2.2269 last year.

However, the overall performance of the government was still under the passing mark of 5.

According to Prof. Wong Hung, director of the Centre for Quality of Life, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, CUHK, the survey results suggest an increasing polarization among the local youth.

Wong said more respondents gave zero marks in their responses, compared with mostly 2s and 3s in the past, while previous 2s and 3s became 4s and 5s in this year’s survey.

There was also a drop in “social services participation” to 2.0502  from 2.2809 last year, or a 10 percent decrease.

Wong said this implied young people felt more politically helpless this year.

He called on the government to listen more to young people in the formulation of housing, education and job policies.

The compilation of the index has been sponsored by the MTR Corporation since 2013.

It is the only composite index that measures and keeps track of the quality of life of young people in Hong Kong.

The first stage of the study will last five years from 2013 to 2018.

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