HONG Kong people are confident 1994 will be better for the territory than 1993, according to a Sunday Morning Post poll. The survey has found far more confidence the new year will see a boost in Hong Kong's fortunes than a similar poll in 1992. It reveals many people believe they will be financially better-off in 1994. However, the majority of respondents is more interested in acquiring a foreign passport than buying a flat or changing jobs. And surprisingly, the poll also found majority support for the Government's controversial old-age pension scheme - which last week came under fire from all major political parties - as well as strong confidence in the work of the Beijing-appointed Preliminary Working Committee (PWC). The telephone survey, of 1,029 people, found that 27 per cent said the events of 1993 had led them to expect 1994 would be a better year for Hong Kong, while 21 per cent thought the coming 12 months would be worse for the territory. The Hong Kong Polling and Business Research (PBR) poll, conducted on December 21-23, found 39 per cent expected no change next year, while 13 per cent expressed no opinion. The response rate was 62 per cent. The findings represent a major increase in confidence since December 1992, when a similar poll found only 19 per cent expressed high hopes about 1993, while 43 per cent thought 1993 would be a bad year for Hong Kong. PBR managing director Citi Hung Ching-tin, who conducted both surveys, said the results showed a growing confidence the Sino-British impasse would not have too great an effect on people's livelihoods. ''Hong Kong people have come of age,'' he said. ''They still expect the political situation to blow up but many believe it won't make their own situation any worse.'' Last week's poll also found that 29 per cent thought their personal financial situation would improve in 1994, while 24 per cent believed it would worsen. However, 41 per cent thought they would see no change next year. Sixteen per cent were considering acquiring a foreign passport in 1994, compared with 14 per cent who were contemplating changing jobs, and 12 per cent who were considering buying a flat. There was an unexpected boost for the administration's pension scheme. Fifty-eight per cent of those surveyed said they would be prepared to contribute around three per cent of their salary to such a scheme in return for a pension, as the Government proposed. Only 34 per cent were against the scheme, while eight per cent expressed no opinion. Even above-average earners - who would have to pay much higher contributions - supported it, with 61 per cent of those earning $15,000-$19,999 in favour, and only 34 per cent against. However, the territory's top income workers - those earning $20,000 or more a month - were narrowly opposed to the scheme, with 45 per cent in favour and 50 per cent against. The findings are likely to give fresh ammunition to the administration, which has been arguing its scheme is in the best interests of the public. ''This is good news for the Government,'' Mr Hung said. ''Their scheme is a simple one to explain, and this shows that they have succeeded in getting their message across.'' The poll also found a surprisingly high degree of public support for the PWC, whose credibility Governor Chris Patten has repeatedly questioned. Forty-one per cent of those polled said they believed PWC members were working in the best interests of Hong Kong, while 21 per cent thought they were not, and 38 per cent expressed no opinion. The survey also found the public overwhelmingly believed that issues concerning people's livelihoods should be at the top of the Government's agenda for the coming year. Thirty-one per cent nominated this as one of the administration's top three priorities in 1994, while 10 per cent suggested relations with Beijing. Among the livelihood issues seen as most important were pensions, housing, social welfare, transport, social order, inflation and health.