The Hong Kong police force have received the lowest satisfaction rating among all disciplinary forces, according to a survey conducted last month.

The Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute (PORI) interviewed 1,062 people by phone between November 21 and 26. The force received 35.3 marks out of 100, with 40 per cent of the respondents giving zero marks.

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Photo: Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute.

Large-scale protests in the city are entering their sixth month. Originally against a now-withdrawn extradition law, the movement has morphed into a wider one demanding democracy and an investigation into police behaviour.

The rating of the People’s Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison stood at 44.2 marks. Last month, Chinese army personnel helped to clear debris left by protesters at Hong Kong Baptist University in Kowloon Tong.

The highest ratings went to the Fire Services Department, who gained 80.5 marks out of 100, and the Auxiliary Medical Service, which received 80.2 marks.

"December 1" Hong Kong police Kowloon
Photo: May James/HKFP.

PORI said the popularity figures of all disciplinary forces and the PLA Hong Kong Garrison dropped significantly, except the Auxiliary Medical Service.

The relative positions among the disciplinary forces have not changed much, according to PORI.

Robert Chung
HKUPOP Director Robert Chung. File

The crowdfunded polling body’s director, Robert Chung, said the police will have to re-brand their image.

“They are professionally out of order – clearly there are problems inside the force,” he said.

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Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.