Public confidence about the future of the territory remains stable at around 70 per cent, a poll revealed yesterday. According to the latest bimonthly poll conducted by the Government, 72 per cent of those interviewed said they were confident Hong Kong's prosperity and stability would continue. The figure dropped by one percentage point compared with the poll held two months ago. Only 21 per cent said they have little or no confidence. On the situation in the territory over the next year, half of those interviewed said it would stay about the same while 20 per cent said life would improve. Thirteen per cent were pessimistic about the future. The poll also found that 78 per cent of the 1,503 people interviewed were satisfied with the present situation in Hong Kong, two percentage points up from the last poll. To boost public confidence, 38 per cent suggested the Government should improve communication with the public and listen to public views. Twenty-one per cent said the Government should develop the local economy. Only seven per cent said good relations should be kept with China. The poll was conducted from May 12 to 16 and interviewed 1,503 people aged 15 to 64 by telephone.