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30 Oct 2014

CUHK Releases Survey Findings on Views on Hong Kong’s Core Values

30 Oct 2014

A telephone survey was conducted from 21 to 23 October 2014 by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong to gauge public views on Hong Kong’s core values.  804 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 45.3%.  The sampling error is + or –3.46% at a confidence level of 95%. 

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

In the survey, the respondents were asked to rate their level of agreement towards 11 randomly presented HK’s core values, including (1) freedom, (2) rule of law, (3) democracy, (4) just and corruption-free, (5) diversity and tolerance, (6) family, (7) social stability, (8) peace and benevolence, (9) level playing field, (10) market economy, and (11) safeguard individual property.  They were asked to choose among “strongly disagree”, “disagree”, “agree”, and “strongly agree”.  Over 90% of the 804 respondents strongly agreed or agreed that  ‘rule of law’ (92.7%) and ‘just and corruption-free’ (92.3%) are the core values of Hong Kong.  While 88.2% and 88.1% of respondents agreed that ‘social stability’ and ‘freedom’ are the core values respectively, the corresponding proportion of ‘peace and benevolence’, ‘individual property’, and ‘level playing field’ were 87.4%, 86.5%, and 86.3%.  84.3% and 83.2% agreed that ‘family’ and ‘democracy’ are the core values of Hong Kong respectively.  Over three-quarter also agreed that ‘diversity and tolerance’ (79.8%) and ‘market economy’ (76.5%) are the core values. 

Respondents were also requested to choose the most important one among the 11 Hong Kong’s core values.  A larger proportion of them reported ‘rule of law’ (22.9%) and ‘freedom’ (20.8%).  While 15.3% chose ‘just and corruption-free’, 11.1% opted for ‘democracy’ and 8.3% considered ‘social stability’.  The respective proportion of ‘peace and benevolence’, ‘market economy’, ‘diversity and tolerance’, ‘individual property’, ‘level playing field’, and ‘family’ were 5.5%, 3.5%, 2.5%, 1.9%, 1.9%, and 1.6%.