How to use HKUPOP findings for handover anniversariesBack

Second Press Release on June 29, 2006
Because Hong Kong's handover occurred exactly in the middle of the year, the easiest way for the press and the general public to analyze macro changes in the public's sentimental is to click on the half-yearly averages of various POP polls in the "HKU POP SITE" ( There are altogether 18 data points since he handover in 1997, which is a fairly large number.
To facilitate information search, we have already grouped all relevant survey items under the picture icon of "Opinion Data Collection for Handover Anniversary". It is a one-stop service point with statistical tables and charts for the following items:
  • Popularity of the HKSAR government - including people's satisfaction with the government on the whole, as well as its performance on five policy areas
  • People's ethnic identity
  • People's trust in the HKSAR government
  • People's trust in the Beijing central government
  • People's confidence in Hong Kong's future
  • People's confidence in China's future
  • People's confidence in "one country, two systems"
  • Social indicators - including 12 indicators covering democracy, freedom, prosperity, stability, fairness, civility, corruption-free, equality, efficiency, welfare, public order, and rule of law.
  • Freedom indicators - including 10 indicators covering the freedoms of speech, press, publication, procession and demonstration, association, strike, enter or leave Hong Kong, academic research, artistic and literary creation, and religious belief.
  • Legal indicators - including 3 indicators covering the rule of law, fairness of the judicial system, and the impartiality of the courts.
  • Appraisal of society's current conditions - including people's concern with political, economic and social problems, and their satisfaction with current conditions.
As all findings should be self-explanatory, we do not intend to give further comments. For example, under "popularity of the HKSAR government", it should be fairly obvious from the charts that there was a plunge in satisfaction between 1997 and 1998, down to record low in 2003, and then a rapid surge in 2005. Satisfaction rate overcame dissatisfaction rate in 2005, and then fluctuated around record high in the last 12 months. All these are simple hard-fact observations. We leave it open for other people to make whatever sense out of them.