By Matt Lee-Mann, Associated PressHong Kong’s upcoming 2018 elections are a turning-point in the country’s political history.
The Chinese government has long sought to control Hong Kong, and for decades the city’s political leaders have been seen as a threat to Beijing.
The 2018 elections will be the most contested since the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China.
China has been tightening control over the city since the handover, and Chinese police have been using excessive force against protesters and demonstrators in the past.
The last major poll in Hong Kong took place in 2011, when the city went to the polls in the aftermath of a failed student uprising that was seen as an attempt by Beijing to suppress the democratic uprising in the city.
The latest poll in June is likely to be the closest since the 2011 election.
In a poll conducted by the University of Hongkong, the city saw its vote share slip from 33.4 percent in 2011 to 29.7 percent in June 2018.
The new poll, which has a margin of error of 5.4 percentage points, suggests that the current wave of pro-democracy protests may be weakening.
According to the poll, a majority of HongKongers are opposed to the handoff, but a substantial number are in favor of it.
That number could increase as more polls are conducted in the coming months.
However, a large majority of the public opposes Beijing’s plans to seize control of the city and impose a Communist Party rule, while a plurality are in support.
In addition, only 22.5 percent of respondents said they supported the Chinese government’s plan to declare martial law, and only 14.4 were in favor.
China’s foreign ministry has said that Hong Kong will have to choose between Beijing and the pro-independence protesters.
The decision is likely one of the biggest challenges the city has faced since the beginning of the protests in 2014.
The referendum, which is expected to be held on September 26, is expected the largest in Hongkongs history.
The Hong Kong government is hoping that it will see a surge in support for the referendum, as more people in the mainland know about the city-state’s independence, and support for independence has surged in the months since the 2014 pro-referendum protests.
The United Nations has also warned of the danger of further escalation between Hong Kong and Beijing.
The UN said the referendum would be “highly problematic” and could trigger a “massive, sustained and irreversible escalation of tension and violence.”
While the referendum is the largest of its kind in the world, the referendum could not prevent the Beijing government from exercising its right to rule Hong Kong.
The vote was scheduled for a November 8 date, but was postponed in early June due to the pro-reflection protests.
This article was originally published on June 16, 2018 at 7:49 p.m.