The net confidence of Hong Kong residents towards the Hong Kong government has risen slightly, a survey from the University of Hong Kong Public Opinion Programme (HKUPOP) shows. Meanwhile, both trust in Beijing’s government and confidence in China’s future fell, with the latter falling to a record low since 1997 when the surveys began.

The poll found that, while trust in the Hong Kong government went down slightly, by 2 per cent, distrust also fell by 7 per cent. The net trust in the government is now at -1 percent, a rise of 5 per cent from March.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at ceremony for 18th Anniversary of the HKSAR in 2015 . File photo: GovHK

Respondents also showed declining confidence in China’s future, which declined 7 per cent to an all-time low net confidence of 16 per cent. Trust in the Beijing government fell by 6 per cent, while distrust remained the same, at 43 per cent. The net trust is -16 per cent, a fall of 6 per cent.

HKUPOP said that “the younger the respondent, the more one distrusts the central government and the less confident in ‘one country, two systems.’” Confidence towards One Country, Two Systems, however, rose 3 per cent total to a net confidence of 5 per cent overall.

Lam Wing-kee. Photo: HKFP.

Edward Chit-Fai Tai, Senior Data Analyst, said to HKUPOP that “it is worth noting that the press conference where Causeway Bay Bookstore owner Lam Wing-kee revealed details of his disappearance was held on the last fieldwork day of this survey – its effect [upon] the figures, if any, [has] yet to be seen…”

One of the five booksellers, Lam Wing-kee, held a surprise press conference last Thursday. He claimed that he was arrested in Shenzhen in October last year and detained and ill-treated by a “special unit” separate from official mainland police.


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.