Survey Findings on the HKSAR Government’s Popularity in August 2013Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK
A telephone survey was conducted from 19 to 21 August 2013 by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong to study the popularity of the HKSAR Government for the month of August 2013. 893 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 46.8%. The sampling error is + or – 3.28% at a confidence level of 95%.
Major findings are summarized as follows:
Satisfaction with the HKSAR Government. According to the survey of August 2013, while 43.4% of respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the HKSAR Government, 18.7% said they were satisfied. 36.5% of 893 respondents answered ‘so-so’. The corresponding figures in July 2013 were 42.5%, 15.8%, and 40.1%.
Rating of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. The current survey in August also showed that the performance rating of Chief Executive (with a point scale ranging from 0 to 100 while 50 as a passing mark) stood at 44.8 in average, lower than that in July (at 45.7). Although the decrease of rating was just moderate, it was the lowest compared with the previous surveys.
Ratings of Three Secretaries. The ratings of Chief Secretary for Administration (Carrie Lam), Financial Secretary (John Tsang), and Secretary for Justice (Rimsky Yuen) in August 2013 were 60.7, 56.9, and 52.5 respectively. The corresponding figures in July 2013 were 60.5, 55.7, and 51.6. Thus, the ratings of the three secretaries showed an increase when compared with the results of July 2013.
Overall Rating of Leung Chun-ying’s Governing Team (including politically-appointed officials). The overall rating of Leung Chun-ying’s governing team was 44.5 in August 2013, which was slightly lower than that in July 2013 (43.6).
Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments. About one-fifth (23.9%) of respondents showed trust in the HKSAR government and over one-third (38.7%) expressed distrust. 36.5% answered ‘so-so’. It showed an increase in the rate of trust and distrust when compared with those obtained in July 2013: 20.8%, 37.0%, and 40.2% respectively. Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government, while 39.3% said they did not trust the Central Government,22.9% answered the opposite. 35.4% said ‘so-so’. This set of figures also showed an increase in the rate of trust and distrust when compared with those obtained in the previous month, which were 38.8%, 21.4%, and 37.3% respectively.