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1 Mar 2017

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

1 Mar 2017
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A telephone survey was conducted from 22 to 26 February 2017 by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong to study the popularity of the HKSAR Government.  730 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 37.9%.  The sampling error is + or – 3.63 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. 

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

Satisfaction with the HKSAR Government.  According to the current survey, 37.3% of the 730 respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 23.3% said they were satisfied, and 38.1% answered ‘in-between’.  The scores for January 2017 were 38.6%, 22.0%, and 38.1%, respectively.  Statistical analysis shows that results for February 2017 were not statistically significantly different from those for last month. 

Rating of Chief Executive LEUNG Chun-ying.  The current survey showed that the performance rating of the Chief Executive (with a point scale ranging from 0 to 100 with 50 as the passing mark) stood at 42.8 on average, whereas the rating for last month was 43.1.  However, the difference was not statistically significant. 

Ratings of Three Secretaries. As to the two newly-appointed officials, Chief Secretary for Administration (Matthew CHEUNG) and Financial Secretary (Paul CHAN), their ratings in February 2017 were 52.0 and 45.2 respectively.  The performance rating of the Secretary for Justice (Rimsky YUEN) in February 2017 was 44.3 which was very close to the score in January (44.0) and the difference was not statistically significant. 

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments.  As of February 2017, 28.1% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 27.8% expressed distrust; 42.5% answered ‘in-between’.  The scores for January 2017 were 26.3%, 28.8%, and 43.4%, respectively.  But none of the differences were statistically significant.  As for the Central Government, 25.2% said they trusted it, 35.1% answered the opposite, and 34.9% said ‘in-between’ in the current survey.  The respective figures from the previous month were 24.7%, 33.8%, and 36.2%, respectively.  No statistically significant differences were found between January 2017 and February 2017.