According to Hong Kong‘s Sing Tao Daily on March 19, a survey on immigration issues conducted by the Hong Kong Institute of Public Opinion Research (HKIPR) “We Hong Kong People Project” shows that 65% of the respondents said they have no confidence in Hong Kong’s future political environment; about 21% of the respondents said they plan to leave Hong Kong permanently.
It is reported that the Hong Kong Institute of Public Opinion Research interviewed 5,697 Hong Kong residents through an online survey between the 15th and 18th of this month. Among them, 30% of the respondents who claimed to be supporters of the democratic camp said they have plans to leave Hong Kong permanently; for the non-democratic camp, 14% of them have plans to leave Hong Kong. Among those who said they did not plan to leave Hong Kong permanently, 42% said they would leave if the situation became unacceptable. The pollsters estimate that as many as 1.5 million people intend to leave Hong Kong.
In addition, 65% of respondents were not confident in Hong Kong’s future political environment; 63% were not confident that Hong Kong people would enjoy personal freedom in the future; and 52% were not confident in Hong Kong’s economic outlook.
As for the future political environment in mainland China, 28% of the respondents were confident, 8% said “half-half”, and as many as 58% were not confident.