Majority of Hong Kong People Not Proud To Be Chinese Citizens, Study Shows

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10th July 2014 16:21 - Central Government

A study with more than 1,000 Hong Kong residents has shown that just one third (33%) of its respondents are proud to be a national citizen of China, with more than six in 10 (62%) stating they are not proud.

Individuals aged 50 and above were more likely to be proud of being a Chinese citizen than 18 to 29 and 30 to 48 year olds. Collectively, 72% of 18 to 48 year olds were not proud of being a citizen of China.

Of the 1,008 people surveyed, 41 respondents said they did not know or that it was hard to say.

When asked about Hong Kong’s central government policy, participants’ overall appraisal was distributed fairly evenly between good (31%), negative (33%) and half and half (31%) – 44 individuals said they were unsure or that it was hard to say.

Collectively, 2014 (33%) saw the highest number of negative responses towards government policies in four years: 2013 – 32%; 2012 – 24%; 2011 – 21% and 2010 – 20%.

Correspondingly, the number of positive appraisals hit a five-year low too: 2014 – 31%; 2013 – 30%; 2012 – 38%; 2011 – 34% and 2010 – 53%.

Age-wise, 18-29 year olds were more likely to be negative about government policies, 30-49 year olds leaned towards being half and half and 50+ year olds were more inclined to think Hong Kong’s government policies were good.

Robert Ting-Yiu Chung, director of the Public Opinion Programme, said: “As the 17th Handover Anniversary draws near, our survey shows that compared to this time last year, Hong Kong people’s sense of pride in becoming a Chinese national citizen has not changed much, remaining at the low point since 1998.

“Negative appraisal has increased to 33% which is a record high since this survey began in 1999.”

The research in this study was conducted by the Public Opinion Programme.

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