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29 Jan 2018

Survey Findings on HKSAR Government’s Popularity in January 2018 Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK

29 Jan 2018
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A telephone survey was conducted from 19 to 24 January 2018 by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong to study the popularity of the HKSAR Government.  731 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 38.8%.  The sampling error is estimated at plus or minus 3.62 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. 

Major findings are summarized as follows:

Satisfaction with the HKSAR Government.  According to the current survey, 31.3% of the 731 respondents expressed satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 31.2% said they were dissatisfied, and 36.5% answered ‘in-between’.  The corresponding figures for December 2017 were 34.4%, 29.5%, and 34.7%, respectively.  Statistical analysis shows that the results for January 2018 were not significantly different from those for last month.  When comparing the figures with the same month of last year (i.e. January 2017), it is found that the percentage of satisfaction in January 2018 (31.3%) was much higher than that of January 2017 (22.0%) and the difference in percentage distribution between January 2018 and January 2017 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 54.7 on average, whereas the rating for last month was 56.0.  However, the difference was not statistically significant.

Ratings of Three Secretaries. The ratings of Chief Secretary for Administration (Mathew Cheung) and Financial Secretary (Paul Chan) in January 2018 were 52.6 and 48.0.  The corresponding figures for Mathew Cheung and Paul Chan in December 2017 were 52.9 and 46.3.  Comparing the ratings for January 2018 and December 2017, no statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of Mathew Cheung and Paul Chan.  As to the newly-appointed Secretary for Justice (Teresa Cheng), her first rating was just 38.9. 

Trust in the HKSAR Government.  As of January 2018, 34.2% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 24.9% expressed distrust; 39.4% answered ‘in-between’.  The results for December 2017 were 35.6%, 21.8%, and 40.5%, respectively.  There was no statistically significant difference in trust in the HKSAR Government between January 2018 and December 2017.  However, when comparing the figures with those of January 2017, it is showed that the percentage of trust in the HKSAR Government in January 2018 (34.2%) was higher than that of January 2017 (26.3%). 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 January 2018, 25.6% said they trusted it, 37.9% answered the opposite, and 31.5% said ‘in-between’.  The respective figures from the previous month were 26.2%, 37.0%, and 32.5%, respectively.  However, no statistically significant differences were found between December 2017 and January 2018.  Again, the difference between January 2018 and January 2017 was also found to be statistically insignificant.

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