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Universities offer help with public referendums

There was no shortage of people wanting to vote in the mock chief executive election last year. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hongkongers may soon get a chance to make their voices heard on contentious issues like national security legislation and political reform, in a new project from two local universities.

Thursday, 24 January, 2013, 4:08am

Debate needed on exit-polls strategy

In a free and pluralistic society like Hong Kong's, a debate about whether there is a need to regulate election-related opinion polls should not raise eyebrows. But when the call comes from a senior official of the central government's liaison office, it strikes a raw nerve.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

HKU may skip exit polls for Legco election

Leading pollster Robert Chung Ting-yiu warns that his agency will be 'hesitant' about running exit polls for September's Legco election unless the rules are tightened.

7 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Pair held over hacking of mock poll

Police last night questioned a man and a youth arrested over an attack by hackers on a computer system being used in a mock election for the chief executive.

The pair, both Hongkongers and aged 17 and 28, were arrested on Saturday evening by detectives from the force's commercial crime bureau at premises in Kowloon and the New Territories. The pair were later released on bail.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Liaison office man airspre-election polling curbs

A senior official of the central government's liaison office who previously accused some Hong Kong pollsters of having a political agenda has floated the idea of regulating opinion polls in the run-up to elections.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Opinion doesn't count any more

Reputation is everything in the opinion polling business. Baptist University has lost whatever esteem it had with its flawed survey on public sentiment towards chief executive candidates Leung Chun-ying and Henry Tang Ying-yen. Professor Zhao Xinshu, the dean of its school of communications and director of its fledgling research centre, has sensibly resigned from the posts, citing misjudgment.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Don't mess with opinion polls

Opinion polls are playing an increasingly important role in public affairs. When conducted professionally, they can be very useful tools to gauge the community's views on topical issues and provide valuable references for formulating policies. But surveys can be tricky affairs.

1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Have a 'say' on chief

Hongkongers may have a say in the forthcoming chief executive election through a simulated vote. The University of Hong Kong's (HKU) public opinion programme plans to hold a citywide poll two days before the official March 25 election, when the 1,200-strong election committee will pick the city's next leader.

28 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

250,000 still holding out on census

Only about 50,000 of the 300,000 households that did not complete census questionnaires by the government's original deadline have complied with a new deadline to return their questionnaires, the Census and Statistics Department says.

20 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

By-elections bill stokes public anger, poll finds

The city's level of anger has risen, according to the latest opinion poll conducted by the University of Hong Kong, fuelled by events such as the government's controversial proposal to scrap by-elections for the Legislative Council.

12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Public being bypassed on by-elections, poll chief says

The change in the way the government proposes to fill midterm vacancies in the Legislative Council without by-elections has swayed some people's opinions but still doesn't take account of the public's views, a pollster says.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Speculation over next chief executive is meaningless

Hong Kong people are not as politically naive as some pundits might suggest; they are just lazy and will swallow whatever is fed to them.

In fact, it is the pundits' responsibility to provide them with wholesome analysis instead of mindlessly repeating some common misconceptions.

27 May 2011 - 12:00am

Serious concerns over think tank's poll results

Opinion polls have become part of our daily life. Often we answer the phone only to find we are being asked to give our views on certain topics by an automated machine or a pollster. The questions may touch on a wide range of subjects, ranging from one's satisfaction with the government's performance to personal habits. Some of the findings are eventually published in the media.

9 May 2011 - 12:00am

We polled on other officials, Stephen Lam admits

The government has admitted asking the public if finance chief John Tsang Chun-wah should quit over this year's budget fiasco - and said it was not the first time it had polled people on the performance of top officials.

But in a move that has drawn fire from lawmakers, it has refused to disclose the polls, saying to do so would hurt its ability to run future polls.

5 May 2011 - 12:00am

John Tsang not aware of survey on resignation

Embattled Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah 'was not informed' of a government-commissioned survey in which the public was asked if he should step down over his budget U-turn

18 Mar 2011 - 12:00am