More ‘want package passed’

NEARLY 51 percent of people in a survey support the government’s political reform package.

TVB (電視廣播 ) said it commissioned Lingnan University (嶺南大學) to conduct the poll of 1,112 people aged 18 and over from 23-26 April.

It is the first such survey result to be released on the reform package, unveiled by Chief Secretary for Administration (政務司司長) Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (林鄭月娥) on 22 April, which is based on the 31 August decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (全國人民代表大會常務委員會).

The package needs a two-thirds majority in the Legislative Council (立法會) to pass a vote in late June. But all 27 pan-democrat lawmakers have vowed to veto it as they consider pre-selection of two to three official candidates for the 2017 chief executive election by the 1,200-strong Nominating Committee (提名委員會) is not genuine universal suffrage.

Around 50.9 percent of respondents said legislators should pass it, 37.9 percent said they should vote it down and 11 percent were undecided.

When asked about the package, opinions were evenly divided. Around 35.5 percent do not accept it, 35.3 percent do and 25.1 percent were undecided.

Pan-democratic lawmakers also faced losing their seats if they vote against the will of their supporters, for around 66 percent said they would not support them in future.

The poll also showed that if the package is rejected, 41.6 percent said pan-democrats should be held responsible, while 37.3 percent would blame the SAR government and 30.5 percent pointed at Beijing. Just 14.3 percent would blame the pro-establishment camp.

Democratic Party (民主黨) leader Emily Lau Wai-hing (劉慧卿) told TVB, “We have to decide according to our principle and our ideals. There are other polls which show much higher numbers supporting us voting down the package.”

Meanwhile The University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme (香港大學民意研究計劃), Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Communication and Public Opinion Survey (香港中文大學傳播與民意調查中心) and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Centre for Social Policy Studies (香港理工大學社會政策研究中心) are conducting a territory-wide joint survey on what the public thinks about the government’s political reform proposal.

(The Standard, Mary Ann Benitez, 28 April, 2015)