More see themselves as 'Chinese citizens'

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 June, 2007, 12:00am

More people are identifying themselves as Chinese citizens, a poll has shown, but a majority still think of themselves as what the pollsters term 'Hong Kong people in a broad sense'.

In the University of Hong Kong poll this month, 55 per cent of 1,016 respondents identified themselves as 'Hong Kong citizens' or 'Chinese Hong Kong citizens' in that order.

This was interpreted as identifying themselves as being broadly Hong Kong people, and represented a 1 per cent increase over a similar study six months ago.

This was followed by 49 per cent who listed themselves as Chinese Hong Kong Citizens or Hong Kong Chinese Citizens, down 3 per cent.

Twenty-six per cent of respondents would identify themselves as solely Chinese citizens, two percentage points higher than six months ago. Only 23 per cent of Hong Kong people would identify themselves as solely Hong Kong citizens, the lowest among all identity options.

The survey, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 per cent, was conducted by the university's public opinion programme.

Asked to rate their identity on a scale of one to 10, the average score for Chinese citizens was 7.66 this month, compared with 7.82 in December. The figure for Hong Kong citizens was 8, a rise of 0.2 on the previous level.

Pollster Robert Chung Ting-yiu said that compared with six months ago, the survey showed that Hong Kong people's choice between being categorised as Hong Kong citizens, Chinese Citizens and so on, had not changed much.