Over 60 percent not satisfied by anti-pandemic performances of govt: survey

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

A survey saw over 60 percent of citizens saying that they were not satisfied by the performances of the government on fighting the pandemic. 

The survey, conducted by Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute, interviewed 8,936 residents online between May 31 and June 21. Results showed 63 percent of respondents said they were not satisfied by the performances of the government on fighting the pandemic. 

It marked a five percent increase compared to the result of last survey conducted two weeks ago. The data also showed 27 percent of respondents saying they were satisfied about government's performances, which remained the same compared to the last survey result. 

The institute also conducted another online survey between May 17 and 24 and interviewed 6,583 residents who aged 12 or above. Among them 92 percent said the current group gathering ban is too strict. 

Currently group gatherings of more than four people in public places are prohibited. 

The survey also found 55 percent of respondents saying there should be no restriction at all, while only eight percent of them said the current ban is not too strict. 

Yam Wai-ho, vice chairman of the Hong Kong Chamber of Education Centres, said the government finally relaxed its anti-pandemic measures yesterday, which should have been done a long time ago. Yet the industry generally doesn't have much response as the relaxation is too little. 

He pointed out that restaurants still have to maintain four complicated classifications and only restrictions for the most demanding type C and D are eased. 

He added that new measures can help very little as the restrictions on bars and karaoke are still very tight. 

“As a matter of fact, there was zero local confirmed case in the community for many days, I think the epidemic prevention arrangements can definitely be relaxed a lot more, so that the people can live a more normal life”, Yam said.