A survey reveals that the middle class is the least impressed with the performance of the Hong Kong government.
The pro-middle-class political commentary group, New Forum, found in its poll of 2,310 respondents this month that those from the middle class were particularly dissatisfied with the administration, registering lower confidence scores than the working and upper classes.
The survey classified the working class as having income of less than HK$20,000, middle class HK$20,000 to HK$70,000, and upper class HK$70,000 or above.
On a scale from 1 to 7, the middle class gave an average score of 2.75 to the question: 'How confident are you in the government's ability to formulate a stable housing policy?'
It was equally scathing about the government's accountability, scoring 2.56. Both results were well below the survey-defined standard of 4.
Other recent polls show the middle class has taken over from the working class as the group least confident of the government.
Chinese University political scientist Ivan Choy Chi-keung said: 'Political and economic ideological differences between the government and the middle class bring down the latter's confidence in the former and the confidence scores in different areas. The middle class, unlike the working class, may not welcome the HK$6,000 handout and the minimum wage legislation.'
Johnny So Chun-man, of New Forum, agreed: 'The middle class has been unhappy with the government's inability to deal with its problems. Policies have been geared towards solving working-class concerns.' So cited the ineffectiveness of a special stamp duty in halting rising property prices.