Residents gloomy about prosperity, survey finds

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 August, 2008, 12:00am

People feel Hong Kong is less prosperous following months of rising inflation, a poll has found.

The indices registering public perception of the city's prosperity have seen the biggest drop among several social indicators that have fallen since the previous University of Hong Kong public opinion survey in February.

On a scale of zero to 10, prosperity dropped 0.26 to 7.02, reverting to the level recorded in February last year. The university's survey of 1,016 respondents was carried out last week.

Pollster Robert Chung Ting-yiu attributed the drop in the perception of prosperity to the onset of inflation problems.

Meanwhile, the poll showed many Hongkongers thought the city generally was now worse off than six months ago, with two-thirds of the 12 indices recording declines, while only two indices registered significant increases.

Other indices registering a drop included those for efficiency, democracy and stability, which recorded decreases ranging from 0.12 to 0.22. Only the indictors of social welfare sufficiency and compliance with the rule of law registered increases, of 0.2 and 0.18 respectively.

Meanwhile, the perception of freedom topped scores at 7.61, but the sense of fairness remained the lowest in the table, with a reading of 5.76. The indicator of public order registered a record high of 7.5 since the handover.

The indices carried sampling errors up to 0.13.