Turnout in Sunday's Legislative Council election is expected to be lower than four years ago, though it will still be relatively high, two university pollsters say. Chinese University pollster Timothy Wong Ka-ying predicts a turnout of 53 per cent, while Lingnan University analyst Li Pang-kwong expects between 47 per cent and 52 per cent of voters to cast ballots. In 2004, a record 55.64 per cent exercised their right to vote following a year of discontent with the Tung Chee-hwa administration. Both analysts said the election atmosphere was tepid this year - something reflected in both universities' polls, which showed the public was far more concerned about livelihood issues than political development. Dr Wong said turnout of 53 per cent would still be relatively high. He and Professor Li agreed that traditionally, pan-democrats have fared better when turnout is high, and Dr Wong noted that in 2000, when turnout was only 44 per cent, pan-democrats fared poorly. The results of the two polls, released yesterday, showed a remarkably large proportion of electors were willing to vote. Of the 7,643 respondents to the Chinese University poll, 65.3 per cent said they would definitely vote and another 22.7 per cent said they might vote. Of 1,584 respondents to the Lingnan University poll, 52.3 per cent said they would definitely vote and another 28.1 per cent said they would vote. A University of Hong Kong poll found 60.6 per cent would definitely vote and another 24.7 per cent said they would cast ballots. Dr Wong said some of those who said they would definitely vote would not vote because of the weather on the day, the location of their polling station, or because they had something better to do.