Survey indicates 30% of Hong Kongers Are in Favor of Hong Kong Independence
February 21, 2004
A comparative survey of identification with nationality indicates that 32% of Hong Kongers consider themselves Chinese but less Hong Kongers consider themselves Hong Kongers, and that, however, nearly 30% of Hong Konger interviewees are in favor of Hong Kong independence. All the interviewees are above 18, though the result of the survey does not state the interviewees' background.
As reported by the Oriental Daily, from September to November 2003, Tokyo University conducted a survey of identification with nationality on people of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Okinawa and Macau. Completed were 2027 copies of questionnaire, of which 401 were answered by Hong Konger interviewees. Lin Quanzhong, an associate professor of Tokyo University, pointed out that, as revealed by the survey, 32.2% of Hong Konger interviewees consider themselves Chinese, whereas only 12.4% of them consider themselves Hong Kongers.
Designed to study and see whether Hong Kongers are in favor of Hong Kong independence, the survey reveals that 60% of Hong Konger interviewees disapprove of Hong Kong independence but 28.9% of them are in favor of Hong Kong independence. Lin Quanzhong suggests that the findings should deserve concern. As commented by Lin, the survey indicates that Hong Kongers are seldom loyal to their government -- a matter that concerns the Chinese government and the Hong Kong government.
As regards Taiwanese, the survey indicates 66.3% of Taiwanese are in favor of Taiwan independence, surpassing their counterparts in terms of local consciousness.