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More than half of Hongkongers would accept 2017 one-man, one-vote with unsatisfactory nomination, says survey

Survey finds more than half of Hongkongers would accept universal suffrage even if the nomination process was unsatisfactory

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 August, 2014, 7:11pm
UPDATED : Friday, 08 August, 2014, 9:23am


  • More: 27%
  • Less: 73%
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Total number of votes recorded: 325

More than half of Hongkongers would accept a one-man, one-vote election for chief executive in 2017 even if they were not happy with the method for choosing candidates, according to a survey.

The survey also found views were getting ever more polarised: a willingness to accept an unsatisfactory election system has grown among residents who do not identify themselves with either the pro-establishment or pan-democrat camps, while such readiness among pro-democracy respondents has dropped.

The survey, commissioned by a 15-member group of businessmen and professionals, was released on the same day that Zhang Xiaoming , director of Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong, reasserted the central government's "rights" over the city to prevent disturbances.

It also coincided with the launch of a new campaign by the Hong Kong government to call on people to set aside disputes and secure the 2017 vote first.

"While the pan-democrats are getting tougher and are ready to reject an unsatisfactory reform package, there's a sign those in the middle ground are starting to share pro-establishment views," said Shih Wing-ching, a member of the Concern Group for Public Opinion on Constitutional Reform and founder of property agency Centaline.

Shih referred to one question in the phone survey, conducted by Lingnan University researchers, on whether people wanted a "one-person, one-vote" election in 2017 if the nomination procedure was not satisfactory.

Of the 1,017 who responded, 55 per cent said yes and 36.5 per cent said no. The rest disagreed with either option or were unsure. The results were similar to a survey the researchers conducted in May, asking mostly the same questions.

But the breakdown revealed polarising views. The survey found 61.3 per cent of unaligned "middle-ground" respondents said yes to that question, up from 50.6 per cent in May.

Among those who identified with the pan-democratic camp, 48.2 per cent said yes, down from 56.5 per cent. Fifty-eight per cent of pro-establishment respondents would accept an imperfect reform package, up from 53.2 per cent.

The group called on all sides to stay at the negotiating table to bridge the gap.

The survey was released two weeks ahead of a decision by the national legislature on the direction of Hong Kong's reform. It was conducted in late July.

Democratic Party lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan said: "When you talk about whether to 'pocket' an unsatisfactory reform package first, it is a matter of principle and not a mere matter decided by a majority view."

Civic Party chairwoman Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said whether to accept the reform package "would ultimately depend on what is offered on the table", which is unclear at this stage.

The survey also asked whether negotiation or confrontation should be used to strive for universal suffrage. Sixty-seven per cent chose negotiation and 19 per cent opted for the choice of confrontation.


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Dai Muff
Let's settle this once and for all. Forget surveys by special interest groups. Full referendum,. The rest is propaganda.
This question is akin to: "If your choice is between dying in 12 months or dying in six will you accept the 12?" Ask a simpler question: "Would you prefer genuine choice of a CE candidate or not?"
The concept of universal suffrage is simply one-person-one-vote. The concept that open nomination needs to be attached to universal suffrage is a westernized twist to universal suffrage which is not universally accepted to most of the world. In fact, most western democracies don't practice full and open nominations.
The screening can kick out three groups of politicians that are disastrous to HK: (1) The benefit-dispensers, like Lee Cheuk Yan et al, that promise a rose-garden for all but will finally drain HK's reserve and turn HK's balance sheet red. (2) The communists, like Short Hair, who may push Che Guevara's idealism to HK and turn HK to a left-wing city. (3) Some traitors who act as US surrogates to sabotage HK as a strategy to contain China within. If these three forces join to make a CEO, this CEO would certainly ruin HK.
Locals don't understand the simple fact that HK is not a country, not a republic and is only a partial democracy. It is fully dependent on mother China, both politically (foreign policies etc..) and for security (national defense).
Acceptance does not equal preference.
A phone survey is biased because it excludes ethnic minorities - the survey staff always hang up if you don't answer in Cantonese.
John Adams
I, for one. am very happy with "2017 one-man, one-vote with unsatisfactory nomination"
VERY happy !
If someone puts a gun to my head, I would find it "acceptable" to give him my wallet. SCMP headline: 'HKers Say OK to Give Money to Criminals'.
The questions seem to be biased and don't say much about the true sentiments of Hongkongers.
The issue on the table is not whether we are ready to accept an unsatisfactory or not perfect selection system. Most of us are realistic enough to know that there will be no perfect selection system, particular in the beginning.
What we Hongkongers have a problem with is that the screening process shall be a Beijing domain and that the people of Hong Kong shall have not much of a say in the selection of candidates.
I am all for direct appointment of a local as governor of Hong Kong by the central government. Why should Beijng settle for less than the British Empire? Beijing has given Hong Kong way too much than it deserves. Too much autonomy to Hong Kong is a direct insult to cities like Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen, all of which should be allowed the same level of self-governance.



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