Survey Findings on HKSAR Government’s Popularity in August 2017Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK
A telephone survey was conducted from 18 to 25 August 2017 by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong to study the popularity of the HKSAR Government. 724 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 38.2%. The sampling error is estimated at plus or minus 3.64 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
Major findings are summarized as follows:
Satisfaction with the HKSAR Government. According to the current survey, 32.2% of the 724 respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 30.9% said they were satisfied, and 35.2% answered ‘in-between’. The corresponding figures for July 2017 were 33.7%, 29.7%, and 34.3%, respectively. Statistical analysis shows that the results for August 2017 were not significantly different from those for last month. When comparing the figures with the same month of last year (i.e. August 2016), it is found that the percentage of satisfaction in August 2017 (30.9%) was much higher than that of August 2016 (18.6%) and the difference in percentage distribution between August 2017 and August 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 54.2 on average, whereas the rating for last month was 55.3. However, the difference was not statistically significant.
Ratings of Three Secretaries. The ratings of Chief Secretary for Administration (Matthew Cheung), Financial Secretary (Paul Chan) and Secretary for Justice (Rimsky Yuen) in August 2017 were 51.5, 44.8 and 41.9 respectively. The corresponding figures for July 2017 were 52.2, 43.3 and 44.7. Comparing the ratings difference between August 2017 and July 2017, no statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of Matthew Cheung and Paul Chan, but a statistically significant difference was found in that of Rimsky Yuen.
Trust in the HKSAR Government. As of August 2017, 32.5% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 21.7% expressed distrust; 41.2% answered ‘in-between’. The results for July 2017 were 32.1%, 22.2%, and 42.8%, respectively. There was no statistically significant difference in trust in the HKSAR Government between August and July 2017. However, when comparing the figures with those of August 2016, it is showed that the percentage of trust in the HKSAR Government in August 2017 (32.5%) was higher than that of August 2016 (23.3%). 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 August 2017, 21.4% said they trusted it, 37.7% answered the opposite, and 31.4% said ‘in-between’. The respective figures from the previous month were 23.2%, 40.1%, and 31.0%, respectively. No statistically significant differences were found between July 2017 and August 2017. Again, the difference between August 2017 and August 2016 was also found to be statistically insignificant.