27 November 2017

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



A telephone survey was conducted from 21 to 25 November 2017 by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong to study the popularity of the HKSAR Government.  722 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 37.1%.  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, 35.7% of the 722 respondents expressed satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 27.3% said they were dissatisfied, and 36.6% answered ‘in-between’.  The corresponding figures for October 2017 were 35.0%, 27.6%, and 35.2%, respectively.  Statistical analysis shows that the results for November 2017 were not significantly different from those for last month.  When comparing the figures with the same month of last year (i.e. November 2016), it is found that the percentage of satisfaction in November 2017 (35.7%) was much higher than that of November 2016 (17.4%) and the difference in percentage distribution between November 2017 and November 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 Carrie Lam (with a point scale ranging from 0 to 100 with 50 as the passing mark) stood at 57.8 on average, whereas the rating for last month was 57.2.  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 November 2017 were 53.4, 47.9 and 46.0 respectively.  The corresponding figures for October 2017 were 53.1, 46.7 and 45.1.  Comparing the ratings difference between November 2017 and October 2017, no statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of Mathew Cheung, Paul Chan and Rimsky Yuen.

Trust in the HKSAR Government.  As of November 2017, 36.8% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 19.5% expressed distrust; 42.5% answered ‘in-between’.  The results for October 2017 were 36.3%, 18.7%, and 42.4%, respectively.  There was no statistically significant difference in trust in the HKSAR Government between November and October 2017.  However, when comparing the figures with those of November 2016, it is showed that the percentage of trust in the HKSAR Government in November 2017 (36.8%) was higher than that of November 2016 (22.1%). Statistically significant differences were also observed between these two months.

Trust in the Central Government.  Regarding the level of trust in the Central Government in November 2017, 25.8% said they trusted it, 35.0% answered the opposite, and 34.8% said ‘in-between’.  The respective figures from the previous month were 22.2%, 36.9%, and 34.7%, respectively.  However, no statistically significant differences were found between October 2017 and November 2017.  Again, the difference between November 2017 and November 2016 was also found to be statistically insignificant.