DEMOCRACY ranks only fourth among our most cherished core values, according to a recent Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK, 香港中文大學) survey.
Of 11 randomly presented core values, the highest percentage of respondents (22.9 percent) chose rule of law as most important, followed by freedom (20.8 percent), and a just and corruption free society (15.3 percent). Democracy was singled out by just 11.1 percent of respondents.
The other values were social stability (8.3 percent), peace and benevolence (5.5 percent), market economy (3.5 percent), diversity and tolerance (2.5 percent), individual property (1.9 percent), level playing field (1.9 percent), and family (1.6 percent).
The results came on 30 October as the Occupy movement (佔領運動) entered its 33rd day, with protesters continuing their occupation despite the High Court (高等法院) having ordered an interim injunction be continued against the Admiralty (金鐘) and Mong Kok (旺角) occupiers, until a formal judgement is reached.
CUHK’s Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (亞太研究所) interviewed 804 Hongkongers over 18 by telephone. Respondents who rated the rule of law the top core value were mostly middle and upper class, aged 31 or above, and who identified themselves as politically neutral or pro-establishment. Those who voted for freedom and democracy were mostly aged 30 or under.
(The Standard, 31 October 2014)