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Poll: support for reform slips

2015.05.14
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SUPPORT for the government’s political reform proposal is slipping, with the latest poll showing a drop of 2.3 percentage points from the previous survey.

The rolling poll conducted by three local universities from 3 to 7 May showed that only 42.5 percent of nearly 1,160 people support the reform proposal, the lowest level since the surveys were launched late last month.

It also showed 39.5 percent said they are opposed to the reform and 18 percent are undecided. The percentage points between supporters and opponents narrowed to three.

In the previous poll from 2 to 6 May, 44.8 percent supported the proposal, against 38.7 percent opposed and 16.5 percent undecided.

The poll is being conducted by the University of Hong Kong (香港大學), Chinese University (中文大學) and Hong Kong Polytechnic University (香港理工大學).

Democratic Party (民主黨) lawmaker Emily Lau Wai-hing (劉慧卿) said the poll results showed that the poor performance of officials in the government’s “Make It Happen” (一定要得) campaign has made more people reject the proposal.

Lau said officials should no longer waste taxpayers’ money to make community visits.

“The officials who are not responsible for political reform have just made the promotion campaign even worse,” said Lau, adding that health secretary Ko Wing-man (高永文) engaging in a verbal tussle with a man on political reform has hurt the campaign.

But Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (民主建港協進聯盟) lawmaker Ip Kwok-him (葉國謙) said ministers have the responsibility to promote political reform and he does not believe their community visits have made it worse.

City University’s (城市大學) political analyst James Sung Lap-kung (宋立功) said he believes some young people are not convinced by pro-establishment politicians that they should support political reform.

Meanwhile, former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang (陳方安生) hit out at government officials who signed their names to support a pro-Beijing signature campaign, saying it was “inappropriate and unreasonable”.

(The Standard, Eddie Luk, 12 May, 2015)

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