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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Champions of Beijing's camp losing public opinion war on political reform

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 04:38pm by Albert Cheng

    ... losing the public opinion war on political reform The authorities are waging a war against the pan-democrats in the court of public opinion in a bid to steamroller Beijing's highly ... will be maintained. The bureaucracy's propaganda machine is now focused on luring the public to take whatever is doled out. At this critical juncture, both mainland and Hong Kong officials are pulling ...

  2. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Israel, Hamas and the battle for public opinion in the latest Gaza war

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 06:27am by AP

    ... Battle for public opinion Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their closed businesses earlier in the week, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile ... intercepted and the damage caused has not been great, the furore over them has been powerful among Israelis. Only in recent days has public opinion started to focus more closely on the devastation ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Public opinion hijacked in CY Leung's electoral reform report

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 02:39pm by Michael C. Davis

    ... of a non-democratic model for the chief executive election. Long-expressed establishment-camp positions are given the veneer of public support. With considerable cheek, the government has ticked the boxes in favour of nearly all establishment-camp positions. First, we are told the "mainstream opinion" is that the power to nominate chief executive candidates is vested in the nominating ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The echo chamber that is public opinion

    Posted Sep 12th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com MY TAKE The echo chamber that is public opinion "They that approve a private opinion, call it opinion; but they that dislike it, heresy; and yet heresy ... very much." When enough people form the same or similar opinions on a subject, it becomes public opinion, a standard or convention of thoughts around which other citizens plead agreement ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Voters 'more co-operative' with exit polls, says HKU's Robert Chung

    Posted Sep 20th 2012, 12:00am by Tony Cheung

    ... Tony Cheung tony.cheung@scmp.com Voters opened up more to HKU exit pollsters Voters were more co-operative with exit pollsters in this month's Legislative Council election than they were in 2008, generating largely accurate results, a leading pollster said. Dr Robert Chung Ting-yiu, director of the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme, told a radio ...

  6. News - China - ANALYSIS

    Beijing turns Abe Yasakuni visit into a public relations battle on world's opinion pages

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 04:03am by Teddy Ng

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Co-ordinated editorial-writing campaign seeks to sway overseas opinion against Japan and portray China as reasonable party in diplomatic row Beijing ... publications since the shrine visit on December 26, a tactic seen as exerting international pressure on Tokyo. Video: Japan PM Abe's controversial war shrine visit The war of words broke out after ...

  7. Trust in surveys undermined, pollsters warn

    Posted Sep 05th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... requests, Professor Wong said opinion polls should not be influenced by political rows. Li Pang-kwong, director of the public governance programme at Lingnan University, said more voters might ... Fanny W. Y. Fung and Phyllis Tsang Response drops over exit poll fears Pollsters warned yesterday that public trust in election surveys had been compromised, after recent controversy over ...

  8. Pan-democrat clashes, likely poll inaccuracies cloud predictions

    Posted Sep 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Peter So

    ... to opinion polls add uncertainty to the outcome. Opinion surveys by the University of Hong Kong, Chinese University and Lingnan University have all shown Civic Party candidate Alan Leong Kah-kit, ... shown, while the pan-democrats could have been expected to get 3 per cent less. And Professor Li said many Beijing-friendly voters tended not to respond to opinion polls, further undermining poll ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The tyranny of public opinion

    Posted Nov 24th 2013, 05:01am by Regina Ip

    ... The tyranny of public opinion The recent controversial decision on TV licensing triggered a fresh round of questioning on the extent to which the government takes account of public opinion before reaching its decisions. A Chinese University student publicly slammed Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for ignoring public opinion. Executive Council convener Lam Woon-kwong expressed misgivings ...

  10. Young people in change of heart

    Posted Nov 21st 2003, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee The number of young people planning to vote in the district council elections is falling, according to a survey released yesterday. In the third study by the Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong to gauge young people' ...




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