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3 Apr 2017

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

3 Apr 2017

A telephone survey was conducted from 27 to 30 March 2017 by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong to study the popularity of the HKSAR Government.  736 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 39.8%.  The sampling error is + or – 3.61 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. 

Major findings are summarized as follows:

Satisfaction with the HKSAR Government.  According to the current survey, 38.6% of the 736 respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 22.7% said they were satisfied, and 37.5% answered ‘in-between’.  The scores for February 2017 were 37.3%, 23.3%, and 38.1%, respectively.  Statistical analysis shows that results for March 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 41.2 on average, whereas the rating for last month was 42.8.  However, the difference was not statistically significant.

Ratings of Three Secretaries. The ratings of Chief Secretary for Administration (Mathew CHEUNG), Financial Secretary (Paul CHAN), and Secretary for Justice (Rimsky YUEN) in March 2017 were 52.3, 43.5, and 43.1 respectively.  The corresponding figures in February 2017 were 52.0, 45.2, and 44.3.  No statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of three secretaries between February 2017 and March 2017.

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments.  As of March 2017, 27.2% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 24.9% expressed distrust; 46.2% answered ‘in-between’.  The scores for February 2017 were 28.1%, 27.8%, and 42.5%, respectively.  But none of the differences were statistically significant.  As for the Central Government, 25.7% said they trusted it, 37.3% answered the opposite, and 30.2% said ‘in-between’ in the current survey.  The respective figures from the previous month were 25.2%, 35.1%, and 34.9%, respectively.  No statistically significant differences were found between February 2017 and March 2017.

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