26 July 2017

Survey Findings on the HKSAR Government’s Popularity in July 2017 Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK



A telephone survey was conducted from 13 to 18 July 2017 by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong to study the popularity of the HKSAR Government.  721 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 37.7%.  The sampling error is estimated at plus or minus 3.65 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. 

Major findings are summarized as follows:

Satisfaction with the HKSAR Government.  According to the current survey, 33.7% of the 721 respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 29.7% said they were satisfied, and 34.3% answered ‘in-between’.  The corresponding figures for June 2017 were 38.5%, 24.4%, and 36.5%, respectively.  Statistical analysis shows that the results for July 2017 were significantly different from those for last month statistically. When comparing the figures with the same month of last year (i.e. July 2016), it is found that the percentage of satisfaction in July 2017 (29.7%) was higher than that of July 2016 (17.2%). The difference between July 2017 and July 2016 was also found to be statistically significant.

Rating of Chief Executive Carrie Lam.  The current survey showed that the performance rating of the Chief Executive (with a point scale ranging from 0 to 100 with 50 as the passing mark) stood at 55.3 on average, whereas the rating for last month was 53.9.  However, the difference was not statistically significant.

Ratings of Three Secretaries. The ratings of Chief Secretary for Administration (Mathew CHEUNG), Financial Secretary (Paul CHAN), and Secretary for Justice (Rimsky YUEN) in July 2017 were 52.2, 43.3, and 44.7 respectively.  The corresponding figures for June 2017 were 50.6, 42.1, and 45.6.  No statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of the three secretaries between June 2017 and July 2017.

Trust in the HKSAR Government.  As of July 2017, 32.1% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 22.2% expressed distrust; 42.8% answered ‘in-between’.  The results for June 2017 were 28.0%, 25.2%, and 44.8%, respectively.  There was no statistically significant difference in trust in the HKSAR Government between July and June 2017. However, when comparing the figures with those of July 2016, it is showed that the percentage of trust in the HKSAR Government in July 2017 (32.1%) was higher than that of July 2016 (21.8%). Statistically significant differences were also observed in these two months.

Trust in the Central Government.  Regarding the level of trust in the Central Government in July 2017, 23.2% said they trusted it, 40.1% answered the opposite, and 31.0% said ‘in-between’.  The respective figures from the previous month were 25.0%, 35.9%, and 34.0%, respectively.  No statistically significant differences were found between June 2017 and July 2017.  Again, the difference between July 2017 and July 2016 was also found to be statistically insignificant.

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