The Federation of Students is now Hong Kong’s most popular political group, according to a new poll carried out amid the pro-democracy street protests which the federation has led.
The student organisation has also become the best known group in the city, a remarkable feat considering it had never previously ranked in the top 12 most recognised groups – and so had never been rated in terms of popularity.
The poll, conducted by the University of Hong Kong’s public opinion programme after three weeks of street blockades by democracy protesters, found that every political group’s popularity had dropped from June.
Support for the pan-democratic parties – including the Civic Party, Democratic Party and Labour Party – dropped by about 9 points, while the Beijing-friendly Federation of Trade Unions – now the city’s second most popular group – saw its support drop 8.2 points to 42.6 points.
Pan-democratic groups such as the Civic Party, Democratic Party and the Confederation of Trade Unions, and the pro-establishment FTU and Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, all recorded their lowest ever ratings since first appearing in the poll.
“All political groups have become losers in the Occupy movement,” said HKU pollster Robert Chung Ting-yiu.
The poll, carried out between October 20 and 23, found that 89.2 per cent of 1,013 respondents knew of the Federation of Students and gave it an average support rating of 47.7 points out of 100.
Representatives of the federation took part in televised talks with government officials on October 21, during which they criticised Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and other officials for ignoring public desire for real democracy… see more