Support for the pan-democrats' proposal for electing the chief executive and the Legislative Council by universal suffrage has reached a record high since June, according to a survey commissioned by lawmakers from the camp. In the poll conducted by the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme from Tuesday to Friday last week, 59 per cent of 1,025 respondents supported the pan-democrats' proposal to elect the chief executive by universal suffrage in 2012, a 4 percentage point increase from a similar survey carried out at the end of last month. In the latest poll, 51 per cent said they were in favour of the camp's proposal to return all Legislative Council members by 'one man, one vote' in 2012 - up 1 percentage point from the last polling period. Both figures were the highest since the survey was first conducted in early June. The latest poll was the seventh one on the topic. Twelve per cent of respondents said they would like to see universal suffrage for the chief executive and Legco elections as soon as possible, also the highest level recorded. Those who supported the introduction of universal suffrage for the chief executive and the Legislative Council in 2012 accounted for 55 per cent and 64 per cent of the total number of respondents respectively. The pan-democratic camp is planning a record-breaking event - involving people opening umbrellas simultaneously - in Victoria Park on October 7. Pan-democrats hope to get 10,000 people to open umbrellas, in yellow and blue, to form the numbers '2012'. They hope to set a Guinness World Record for the largest number of umbrellas opened at the same time. By 1pm yesterday, 328 people had signed up for the event through the internet. Legislators yesterday hung a banner on the rails opposite the old Bank of China building in Central calling on the public to join the event, which will be followed by a march from Victoria Park to the Central Government Offices.