Hong Kong people’s trust in the ‘one country, two systems’ framework has hit a new low, a survey conducted by the Public Opinion Programme of Hong Kong University shows.

According to the survey, over 55 percent of respondents have no confidence in Hong Kong‘s future, the lowest figure since 1994.

Bauhinia Square, Hong Kong

70 percent of respondents who expressed concern about the city’s prospects are aged between 18 and 29.

Only 34 percent of respondents trust the Hong Kong government, while 46 percent do not. 33 percent trust the Chinese Central government in Beijing, whereas 48 percent do not. However, 62 percent have confidence in China’s overall future prospects.

41 percent of respondents said that they have faith in the ‘one country, two systems‘ framework.

1,024 Hong Kong residents above 18 years of age and fluent in Cantonese were interviewed via telephone for the survey.

A previous survey, released on March 12, showed that only 35 percent of respondents have confidence in Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Upon leaving office in 1997, the last British Governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, enjoyed a higher approval rating than every Chief Executive after the handover of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China.

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