Survey Findings on the HKSAR Government’s Popularity in October 2013Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK
A telephone survey was conducted from 22 to 24 October 2013 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 October 2013. 824 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 45.7%. The sampling error is + or – 3.41% at a confidence level of 95%.
Major findings are summarized as follows:
Satisfaction with the HKSAR Government. According to the survey of October 2013, while 49.2% of respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the HKSAR Government, 13.5% said they were satisfied. 36.8% of 824 respondents answered ‘in-between’. The corresponding figures in September 2013 were 41.2%, 19.0%, and 38.2%.
Rating of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. The current survey in October also 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, which is lower than that in September (at 45.9). The decrease in rating is statistically significant and the rating hits a record low since his term in office.
Ratings of Three Secretaries. The ratings of Chief Secretary for Administration (Carrie Lam), Financial Secretary (John Tsang), and Secretary for Justice (Rimsky Yuen) in October 2013 were 58.3, 54.6, and 49.2 respectively. The corresponding figures in September 2013 were 60.1, 56.0, and 52.4. The ratings of the three secretaries decreased when compared with the results of September 2013, though only the drop for the Secretary for Justice (Rimsky Yuen) is statistically significant.
Overall Rating of Leung Chun-ying’s Governing Team (including politically-appointed officials). The overall rating of Leung Chun-ying’s governing team was 42.1 in October 2013, which was significantly lower than that in September 2013 (at 45.6).
Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments. About 18.6% of respondents showed trust in the HKSAR government and 43.7% expressed distrust. 36.4% answered ‘in-between’. It showed a decrease in the rate of trust and an increase in the rate of distrust when compared with those obtained in September 2013: 24.8%, 36.1%, and 37.6% respectively. Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government, while 36.3% said they did not trust the Central Government, 19.1% answered the opposite. 41.3% said ‘in-between’. The corresponding figures in the previous month were 36.9%, 22.8%, and 37.4% respectively.