Survey Findings on the HKSAR Government’s Popularity in March 2015Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK
A telephone survey was conducted from 25 to 28 March 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 March 2015. 704 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 44.1%. The sampling error is + or – 3.69% at a confidence level of 95%.
Major findings are summarized as follows:
Satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government. According to the survey, while 44.6% of respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 19.3% said they were satisfied. 34.7% of 704 respondents answered ‘in-between’. The corresponding figures in February 2015 were 39.8%, 20.3%, and 38.6%. Results of March 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 41.7 in average and it was 42.1 last month, but the difference between February 2015 and March 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 March 2015 were 54.3, 58.0, and 48.7 respectively. The corresponding figures in February 2015 were 54.3, 59.0, and 48.8. No statistically significant differences in the ratings were observed between February 2015 and March 2015.
Overall Rating of the HKSAR Governing Team (including politically-appointed officials). The overall rating of the HKSAR governing team was 45.6 in March 2015 and 45.9 in February 2015. This could be interpreted as a stable rating as statistically the rating of March 2015 was not significantly different from that of February 2015.
Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments. In March 2015, 25.6% of respondents showed trust in the HKSAR government and 37.1% expressed distrust; 35.9% answered ‘in-between’. The results of February 2015 were 22.6%, 34.1%, and 42.3% respectively. Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government in March 2015, while 25.5% said they trusted the Central Government, 38.7% answered the opposite; 32.2% said ‘in-between’. The respective figures in the previous month were 24.4%, 39.3%, and 32.3%. There were no statistically significant differences in trust towards the HKSAR and the Central Governments between February 2015 and March 2015.