In 2012, HKPORI compiled the “Public Sentiment Index (PSI)” with an aim to quantify Hong Kong people’s sentiments, in order to explain and predict the likelihood of mass movements. PSI comprises 2 components: one being Government Appraisal (GA) Score and the other being Society Appraisal (SA) Score. GA refers to people’s appraisal of society’s governance while SA refers to people’s appraisal of the social environment. PSI comprises 10 public opinion indicators, with data collected since July 1992, meaning over 30 years of accumulated data.
On June 28, 2023, HKPORI released the report entitled “25 Years of Public Sentiment Index”, as the final wrap up of our “One Country Two Systems 25-year Mid-tern Review”, which focused on the terms of four CEs between July 1997 and June 2022, meaning Tung Chee-hwa, Donald Tsang, CY Leung and Carrie Lam, but excluding Chris Patten and the incumbent CE John Lee. Then, in July 2023, HKPORI began to revisit and analyze the methodology and data used to construct PSI over the past 30 years or so, leading to the official launch of “PSI v2.0”. The “PSI Report No.6.1” meaning the first report covering the sixth top leader of Hong Kong was released on July 4, 2023. It not only adjusted the computation method of the PSI, but also extended its coverage to over 700,000 random telephone survey samples obtained through random telephone interviews over the past 31 years, starting from July 1992 and ending in June 2023. In our initial plan, there will be 12 modules under the “PSI v2.0 Analysis Series”, while the release cycle would roughly span over three to four months, then continuously repeats and updates.
Through this “PSI v2.0 Analysis Series”, HKPORI hopes to fully demonstrate the power and value of secondary data analysis, also to deepen our work in multi-media civic education.