Their support has risen since 2000 vote, poll finds Pro-democracy supporters in the Hong Kong Island constituency outnumber those of the pro-Beijing camp, a new survey has found. The study also showed backing for the pro-democracy camp had risen by about 10 percentage points, to 60 per cent, compared with votes cast in the 2000 Legco election. The figure excludes undecided voters. The survey had a 3.3 per cent margin for error. Li Pang-kwong, director of Lingnan University's public governance programme, which conducted the survey, said only 37 per cent of the 908 respondents polled this week planned to vote for pro-government and pro-Beijing candidates. The study, commissioned by the Hong Kong Development Forum, showed 84 per cent of respondents said they would vote in the election. Forty-four per cent had either not yet decided who they would vote for, or refused to reveal their voting intentions. If these are excluded, 32 per cent would vote for independents Audrey Eu Yuet-mee and Cyd Ho Sau-lan's list and 28.2 per cent for the Democratic Party's Yeung Sum and Martin Lee Chu-ming if the election were held tomorrow. Another 21.7 per cent would vote for independent Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, and 15.6 per cent said they would vote for the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong's team led by Ma Lik. Of the 28 per cent who were undecided, nearly half said they would vote either for the lists of Ms Eu or Dr Yeung, and around an eighth said they would choose between Mrs Fan and the DAB. The study also found that young voters tended to support the pro-democracy camp, while older electors opted for the pro-Beijing camp. Those earning higher incomes were more likely to back the Eu-Ho list.