Hong Kong

Coronavirus: Hong Kong residents say they have themselves to thank for curbing outbreak

An overwhelming majority of residents of Hong Kong say that they, not the city’s government, would deserve credit for beating the coronavirus pandemic.

Out of nearly 850 people polled, seven in 10 said they would credit the community response for beating the coronavirus, while more than half objected to the idea of the government being commended for it.

Source: Centre for Communication and Public Opinion Survey, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Edmund Cheng, associate professor at City University’s Department of Public Policy, said the findings should serve as a wake-up call for the government, as top officials had failed to secure public trust at a time of crisis, even as leaders elsewhere had shown an ability to bond with their citizens.

“People tend to rally around their leaders in crisis. Governments’ approval ratings were all up in the United States, Britain, South Korea and Italy, but it’s distrust in the Hong Kong government that prompted citizens to rely on the community to help each other out,” he said.

Categories: Hong Kong

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