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26 Oct 2015

Survey Findings on the HKSAR Government’s Popularity in October 2015Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK

26 Oct 2015

A telephone survey was conducted from 20 to 23 October 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 October 2015.  732 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 41.0%.  The sampling error is + or – 3.62 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.  

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

Satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government.  According to the current survey, while 40.8% of the 732 respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 19.1% said they were satisfied and 38.1% answered ‘in-between’.  The corresponding figures in September 2015 were 44.6%, 18.0%, and 36.5%.  Results of October 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 41.2 in average and it was 40.1 last month, but the difference between September 2015 and October 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 October 2015 were 54.4, 60.6, and 47.8 respectively.  The corresponding figures in September 2015 were 54.1, 60.3, and 48.0. No statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of three secretaries between September 2015 and October 2015. 

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments.  In October 2015, 22.1% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR government and 32.9% expressed distrust; 42.9% answered ‘in-between’.  The results of September 2015 were 21.7%, 32.2%, and 44.1% respectively.  There was no statistically significant difference in trust in the HKSAR Government between September 2015 and October 2015.  Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government in October 2015, while 22.0% said they trusted the Central Government, 38.9% answered the opposite; 34.3% said ‘in-between’.  The respective figures in the previous month were 21.5%, 40.6%, and 34.4%.  The difference between September 2015 and October 2015 was also found to be statistically insignificant.

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