News about the budget deficit is changing the spending habits of Hong Kong's youth. A recent survey found that a large percentage of young people were cutting down on the amount they spend on clothes and entertainment in view of the economic downturn. Some contributed less to their family. The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups interviewed 521 people aged between 18 and 34 earlier this month. About 54 per cent said they had cut down on shopping. About the same percentage spent less on entertainment. About 25 per cent said they made fewer donations, and more than 15 per cent gave less to their family. One encouraging finding was that about 53 per cent said they had learned to save for rainy days. Forty-seven per cent became more alert to crises and 22 per cent learned to develop initiative. The survey also corrected the misconception that young people were not interested in public policy. More than 80 per cent of respondents said it was everyone's responsibility to bridge the budget gap. More than half said it was more urgent to revive the economy than to make plans for new resources or expense trims. Among them, 54 per cent urged the government to play an active role in attracting foreign investments. They also gave priority to the promotion of local industries and tourism. Those who supported the government's cuts in expenditure opted for cutting civil servants' salaries, downsizing civil departments and contracting out public services. They objected to cutting education expenses and social welfare. About 78 respondents said the government should find more sources of income. Nearly half supported raising gambling taxes.