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29 Jul 2016

Survey Findings on the HKSAR Government’s Popularity in July 2016Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK

29 Jul 2016

A telephone survey was conducted from 20 to 25 July 2016 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 July 2016. 751 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 37.9%. The sampling error is + or – 3.58 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.  

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

Satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government. According to the current survey in July, 40.9% of the 751 respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 17.2% said they were satisfied and 40.5% answered ‘in-between’. The corresponding figures in June were 42.9%, 18.3%, and 38.8%. Results of July 2016 were not significantly different from those of the past month statistically. 

Rating of Chief Executive LEUNG Chun-ying. The current survey in July 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 40.1 in average and it was 39.2 last month, but the difference between June 2016 and July 2016 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 July 2016 were 54.2, 61.7, and 47.6 respectively. The corresponding figures in June 2016 were 52.5, 61.4, and 46.7. No statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of three secretaries between June 2016 and July 2016. 

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments. In July 2016, 21.8% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 32.2% expressed distrust; 44.3% answered ‘in-between’. The results of June 2016 were 21.5%, 33.4%, and 44.0% respectively. There was no statistically significant difference in trust in the HKSAR Government between June 2016 and July 2016. Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government in July 2016, while 22.3% said they trusted the Central Government, 39.5% answered the opposite; 33.6% said ‘in-between’.  The respective figures in the previous month were 19.0%, 41.6%, and 36.5%.  Again, the difference between June 2016 and July 2016 was also found to be statistically insignificant.

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