Almost 70 percent of respondents continue to support “peaceful, rational and non-violent means” of protest, according to a poll conducted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The university’s Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies interviewed 717 residents between March 18 to March 23 over the telephone, finding that almost 70 percent believed that peaceful and nonviolent tactics should continue to be used when putting demands to the government.

However, 15.9 percent of the respondents also agreed with the view that radical tactics were the only way to make the government respond to demands.

File photo: Kris Cheng, HKFP.

Nearly three-quarters – 71.4 percent – of the respondents believed that Hong Kong’s political wrangling was serious, while 4.3 percent believed that it was not serious. About a fifth – 21.8 percent – had an intermediate view of its seriousness.

Two-thirds – 66.9 percent – of respondents believed that both sides should solve problems by “making concessions to seek common ground.” In a separate question, 45.4 percent expected social conflicts to worsen in the coming three years.

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Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.