The number of Hongkongers who are proud of being Chinese citizens has slightly increased over the past two years, according to a survey conducted by the Public Opinion Programme of the University of Hong Kong.
In the latest HKUPOP poll, conducted yearly to coincide with the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China, 38.1 percent of the respondents said they are proud to be a citizen of the People’s Republic of China, up from 31.2 percent in 2016.
Meanwhile, those who answered in the negative in the survey decreased to 56.6 percent from 64.8 percent two years ago.
When broken down to age brackets, the poll suggests that majority of those who are not proud of being Chinese citizens are youngsters.
More than 77 percent of the respondents aged 18 to 29 fall under this “not proud” category, while only 44 percent of those aged 50 or more belong to this group.
Meanwhile, the net approval rate of Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor fell to 2 percentage points from 7 points last year but her popularity rating remained at 54.3 marks.
The net people’s trust in the government reached a record high of 16 percentage points.
As regards Chinese policy on Hong Kong, the poll showed a mild disapproval at minus 2.2 percentage points this year and minus 1.6 points last year.
However, the respondents showed a positive view of the government’s economic policies and those regarding relationship with Beijing at 19 and 10 percentage points respectively.
The government also notched up negative points in protecting human rights and freedom, minus 13 percentage points; improving people’s livelihood, minus 13 points; and promoting democracy, minus 26 points.
The overall satisfaction rating of the Hong Kong government dropped two percentage points to 10 percentage points from last year.
The survey results were based on telephone interviews with 1,000 Cantonese-speaking adults from 14 to 24 June.
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