Public in dark over list vote

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 May, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 May, 1998, 12:00am

The public does not understand the list voting system, a survey has found.

The poll asked voters if a candidate being ranked further down the list would affect their voting intentions. Seventy per cent said it would not, even though a low ranking adversely affects a candidate's chances.

The University of Hong Kong Social Science Research Centre poll found that only 13.5 per cent of the 1,159 respondents said they were less prepared to vote because the candidate they supported was low in the list.

'This shows that the voters do not understand the list voting system and the effect of being ranked high or low,' one pollster said.

A separate university poll showed 53 per cent thought parties had tried to defame each other. About 45 per cent called such tactics a problem, but 38 per cent disagreed.

'This shows the public has no strong feeling against political colouring,' the pollster said.

Only seven per cent would vote because of political alignment, the poll found, while 77 per cent would choose according to a party or candidate's stance on livelihood issues.