The public overwhelmingly supports repatriation of child illegal immigrants and requiring them to wait for a 'certificate of entitlement', a poll shows. The University of Hong Kong's Social Science Research Centre polled 538 people on Tuesday and found 78.4 per cent agreed with making children born in China of Hong Kong parents wait in China for their certificate. Law Society President Anthony Chow Wing-kin yesterday called for a public consultation exercise or even a referendum before the Government formulated its policy. While acknowledging lawyers had criticised the proposals as weakening the rule of law and being vulnerable to a legal challenge, he said: 'I wonder how many people have sympathy with the Government? Should it just be left to lawyers and politicians? I think the whole of the Hong Kong public should have a say.' In the poll 80.7 per cent agreed with repatriating child illegal immigrants, current government policy. But only 50 per cent expressed confidence in the Government's ability to solve the problem.