The pro-democracy camp wins more than half the support in voters' survey If the Legco election were held tomorrow, Audrey Eu Yuet-mee of Article 45 Concern Group and independent Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai would win the largest number of votes on Hong Kong island, according to a popularity poll released yesterday. The survey was conducted by the University of Hong Kong's Public Opinion Programme (POP) and the Civic Exchange think-tank. Ms Eu won 25.2 per cent of the vote while Mrs Fan won 13.3 per cent. Prominent Frontier member Cyd Ho Sau-lan finished lower than might have been expected, with 1.3 per cent. The top four candidates in the pro-Beijing camp jointly scored 8.3 per cent of the votes. Overall, the pro-democratic camp, with seven candidates, scored the highest number of votes with a combined share of 54.8 per cent. The survey, however, found voters eyeing individuals rather than merely parties. The majority of respondents said they would not vote for a camp or party unless they also approved of the candidates. 'Our interpretation was that they looked at party candidates as individuals first and foremost, and whether their individual qualities appealed to them,' said HKU Professor Robert Chung Ting-yiu, director of the Public Opinion Programme. Some 529 residents were polled, of which 83 per cent were registered voters. With 23.7 per cent of respondents undecided or saying they will not vote, there remains a significant number of votes for the different parties and candidates to compete for. Professor Chung cautioned parties against solely relying on the findings of the survey in designing strategies because, 'in reality, when people go to vote, they may have additional or different considerations that would affect their voting behaviour.' Other factors not captured by the POP survey, but which could affect the election results, include the declaration of the Liberal party's candidates, he said. Also, the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong tends to perform better in elections than in surveys, Professor Chung noted. Economic and livelihood issues topped the list of voters' priorities and concerns, among the entire population, according to a second survey by POP and Civic Exchange, also released yesterday. On the issue of faith in the election system, 65 per cent of respondents predicted it would be 'fair', while 70 per cent said it would be 'corruption-free'. Thirty-eight per cent said they thought Beijing would try to influence the vote.