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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
 

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  • More: 27%
  • Less: 73%
8 Aug 2014
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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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blue
"You guys are idiots. When there is a specific provision in a piece of legislation, you go directly to that. Article 45 governs the election of the CE and all Hong Kong already enjoys the rights granted under Article 26 for our District Council and Legco elections."

You specifically asked where in the BL it says that people have a right to stand for election, and it was shown to you. Now you're back peddling like a moron. Article 26 doesn't say it applies only to District Council and Legco elections; that's just your own bias.
lucifer
Wait until the economy tanks, then ask them again....
m2leung
You guys are idiots. When there is a specific provision in a piece of legislation, you go directly to that. Article 45 governs the election of the CE and all Hong Kong already enjoys the rights granted under Article 26 for our District Council and Legco elections.
blue
From m2leung: "Please also enlighten us with where in Article 45 or anywhere in the BL do you see that people have a right to stand for elections."

The Liaison Office really needs to properly educate the wu mao crew on here about the Basic Law.

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Article 26

Permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall have the right to vote and the right to stand for election in accordance with law.
Ant Lee
So the 50 cents already made up more than half of HK's population? what a retarded article.
joelchu
Poster m2leung talks of 'a twisted westernized' version of universal suffrage as if the right to stand was not part of the package.
Two points:
- universal suffrage with a right to stand for election is not twisted, it is core to the principle, and there exists no non-Western alternative concept for the west to twist
- the Basic Law of the SAR gives people the right to stand for election.
I think m2leung needs a little re calibration from however last adjusted his settings.
hkqx
@Joelchu : yes, pls re calibrate. m2leung is correct. See also UN on universal sufferage:
****www.un.org/en/globalissues/democracy/human_rights.shtml
and / Or :
****en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_suffrage
Dai Muff
No he is not. Read Article 26 of the Basic Law. They really are not briefing you well today.
m2leung
In your opinion, you may want the USA and UK to established the core principles of all our values. But let me tell you that most of the world (China, all Islamic countries, etc) does not subscribe to their values. Most of the "universal" principles created by the UN were made by the winners of WW2. The UN serves to prevent chaos of another global but its declarations are not universal by any means. Please also enlighten us with where in Article 45 or anywhere in the BL do you see that people have a right to stand for elections.
Dai Muff
"Please also enlighten us with where in Article 45 or anywhere in the BL do you see that people have a right to stand for elections."
Article 26. They really should brief you wu mao better.

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