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Straw poll shows Hong Kong opposes limited suffrage and Occupy Central

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 March, 2013, 3:17pm


  • Yes: 72%
  • No: 28%
29 Mar 2013
  • Yes
  • No
Total number of votes recorded: 627

Most people interviewed by the South China Morning Post yesterday disagreed with the central government's views on the conditions for universal suffrage, but most did not support the Occupy Central movement either.

"I don't agree with that," seven out of ten replied when asked about the two prerequisites set down by Qiao Xiaoyang, the National People's Congress Law Committee chairman, on Sunday. Three said yes.

Even if they disagreed with the central government's stance, interviewees expressed reluctance to join the political campaign proposed by academics to press the case for universal suffrage. They cited concern for the city's prosperity as the reason for not supporting the Occupy Central movement.

"It will definitely affect the city's reputation as an international financial centre," said Ivy Wong, 50, a clerk.

Retiree Chan Koon-fong, 65, said: "Central is a commercial district. You can't make a traffic jam and stop business. It's not realistic."

In a radio programme yesterday, a caller said the movement was unlikely to succeed: "The central government will not endorse it. It will fail to get the full support of the public because Hong Kong people will not want their lives disrupted."

A different caller suggesting protesters occupy the Sai Wan, or Western District, the location of the central government's liaison office, as doing so would not affect people's livelihood.

University of Science and Technology political scientist Dixon Sing Ming said the reactions were understandable because the Occupy Central movement was just beginning.

Most people don't accept what Qiao said as it weakens the high degree of autonomy that Hongkongers get from the Basic Law

"Most people don't accept what Qiao said as it weakens the high degree of autonomy that Hongkongers get from the Basic Law. But they have not yet digested information about the movement - which leads them to imagining the negative effects."


What the public say about the CE election

Hong Kong should have a certain degree of autonomy when it comes to choosing our chief executive, as it's difficult for the central government to understand local affairs and what we really need.

Anne Berry, 23, teacher

The chief executive for sure cannot confront the central government, but can disagree with it on some policies such as civil rights. The campaign is too extreme. People have to make a living.

Ricky Kwok, 60, retiree


Our chief executive should protect the interest of Hongkongers but not act as the central government's puppet. If the central government wants to implement unfavourable polices in the city but the chief executive is not allowed to confront it, we'll be the ones who suffer.

Ivy Wong, 50, clerk

They won't be successful, as the central government won't liberalise in such a short time to allow us to have whatever we want.

Ivan Tse, 50, manager



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hard times !
Straw poll against both 'Occupy Central' movement which might hurt our economy and the traffic flow in Central can be understood.Yet they also oppose the conditions/ pre-requisites laid down by Qiao Xiao-yang whose bottom-line is:disallowing those who are considered, not 'loving the country and Hong Kong' plus confrontational to the Central authorities to be the candidates for the election of our chief executive in 2017.Yet Qiao's conditions are never listed in our Basic Law which is our paramount law and Hong Kong practises 'rule of law'-----I wonder why Qiao's words are above our Basic Law which is a sacred document to be observed and followed. Right ?
hard times !
if your are a domocratic-minded old guy in town (maybe you are sent here instead),you should never ask our respectable professor Tai Yiu-ting to drop his campaign----a non-violent civil-disobedience movement which is only the last resort of our efforts to gain a geniune universal suffrage promised to us by the Beijing authoriteis which is famed for its promises overseas and how about this time towards her own people in Hong Kong ?
hard times !
It is learnt that most Hongkongers oppose both the conditions set by Qiao Xiao-yang concerning our universal suffrage in 2017 of our chief executive and the 'Occupy Central' movement organised by scholar,Professor Tai Yiu-ting who is a man with conscience and righteousness----unlike that nasty hacker who keeps on pretending to be either the internet supplier,Nevigator or HSBC and now the Jockey Club ---trying to trick a Comment writer here to click in a mysterious button to let him be spread with virus so as to stop his computer from fucntioning and can't send any e-mails (curbing his postings here) ! How evil-minded this son-of-b....is and how idiotic stupid foolish a nasty hacker this guy is ! ha ! ha !
If Professor Tai is as democratic minded as he claims to be, he should listen to the people and drop his campaign before it's too late. I can bet my bottom dollar that this movement will turn ugly and violent. There'll be no winners!


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