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III. Rate of response 4. A total of 1903 addresses had been randomly selected and visited. Of these, 1434 households were successfully contacted, representing a contact rate of 75%. The remaining 469 were mainly unoccupied addresses or non-contact cases after three attempts at different times and dates. Among the contacted households, 1000 eligible respondents were successfully interviewed, representing a completion rate of 70%. Appendix II IV. Findings (i) Knowledge of the right of illegitimate children (Table I) 5. When respondents were asked whether 93
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children born out of wedlock can claim the estate of their deceased father, 29% were able to give a correct answer (i.e. cannot claim) whereas as many as 48% gave a wrong answer (i.e. can claim). The remaining 23% gave "not sure/don't know/no comment" answers. Comparatively speaking, people with post-secondary education or above were more likely to give a correct answer whereas people in the older age group or with primary education or below had a greater tendency to give "not sure/don't know/no comment" answers. Appendix II (ii) Equal right (Table II) 6. When being asked whether children born out of wedlock should or should not have equal right as those born in wedlock in claiming the estate of their deceased father, 72% of people said that illegitimate children "should" have equal right, 22% said "should not" and the rest of 6% were non-committal. As can be seen from the following table, people who were of younger age or had a higher education tended to say that illegitimate children should have equal right. Table A: % of respondents who said that children born out of wedlock should have equal right Percentage (Base: No. of Respondents) Overall 72% (1000) Age 15-44 77% (711) 45 + 61% (289) Educational level Primary or below 64% (440) Secondary or above 78% (560) 7. As shown in the following table, among the group of people who said that illegitimate children should have equal right in claiming the estate, the majority (63%) had the wrong impression that illegitimate children are able to do so under the present law. On the other hand, only 12% of those who said that illegitimate children should not have equal right had the wrong impression. 94
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Table B : % of respondents by their attitudes towards equal right in claiming the estate The knowledge of whether illegitimate children can claim the estate Whether illegitimate children should have equal right in claiming the estate Can claim Cannot claim Not sure/ don't know/ no comment Total (No. of Respon- dents) Should have equal right 63% 17% 20% 100% (720) Should not have equal right 12% 65% 23% 100% (222) Not sure/ don't know/ no comment 12% 28% 60% 100% (58) Total 48% 29% 23% 100% (1,000) Appendix II (iii) Right to claim maintenance out of the estate (Table III) 8. Immediately after the question on "equal right", the respondents were asked if illegitimate children should have the right to claim maintenance out of the estate. As many as 86% of the respondents agreed that children born out of wedlock should have the right to claim maintenance out of the estate if they had been maintained by their deceased father. As expected, this
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