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4 Jan 2016

Survey Findings on the HKSAR Government’s Popularity in December 2015Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK

4 Jan 2016

A telephone survey was conducted from 28 to 30 December 2015 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 December 2015.  723 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 42.7%.  The sampling error is + or – 3.64 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.  

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

Satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government.  According to the current survey, while 41.8% of the 723 respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 19.9% said they were satisfied and 36.9% answered ‘in-between’.  The corresponding figures in November 2015 were 39.1%, 18.2%, and 39.8%.  Results of December 2015 were not significantly different from those of the past month statistically. 

Rating of Chief Executive LEUNG Chun-ying.  The current survey 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 41.5 in average and it was 41.8 last month, but the difference between November 2015 and December 2015 was found to have no statistical significance. 

Ratings of Three Secretaries.  The ratings of Chief Secretary for Administration (Carrie LAM), Financial Secretary (John TSANG), and Secretary for Justice (Rimsky YUEN) in December 2015 were 52.8, 60.5, and 47.7 respectively.  The corresponding figures in November 2015 were 54.8, 61.0, and 48.9. No statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of three secretaries between November 2015 and December 2015. 

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments.  In December 2015, 22.1% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 31.1% expressed distrust; 44.8% answered ‘in-between’.  The results of November 2015 were 21.3%, 30.4%, and 45.1% respectively.  There was no statistically significant difference in trust in the HKSAR Government between November 2015 and December 2015.  Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government in December 2015, while 21.9% said they trusted the Central Government, 37.1% answered the opposite; 36.7% said ‘in-between’.  The respective figures in the previous month were 22.8%, 36.6%, and 33.9%.  The difference between November 2015 and December 2015 was also found to be statistically insignificant. 

Expectations on the 2016 Policy Address.  In the current survey, respondents were also asked to choose which policy area they believed should be prioritized in the forthcoming 2016 Policy Address.  A larger proportion (23.4%) of the respondents thought the area of ‘people’s livelihood and welfare’ should be dealt with first, followed by the areas of ‘housing and planning’ (18.7%), ‘economic development’ (15.5%), ‘constitutional development and governance’ (11.6%) and ‘medical and health care’ (11.5%). As to the expectation on the 2016 Policy Address, some 46.5% of the respondents said they had ‘no any expectation’ while 41.2% replied ‘some expectation’ (41.2%). Those who answered ‘great expectation’ occupied 7.3% only.