Survey Findings on the HKSAR Government’s Popularity in October 2016Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK
A telephone survey was conducted from 27 October 2016 to 1 November 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 October 2016. 743 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 39.3%. The sampling error is + or – 3.60 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
Major findings are summarized as follows:
Satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government. According to the current survey in October, 42.1% of the 743 respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 14.5% said they were satisfied and 42.9% answered ‘in-between’. The corresponding figures in September were 43.2%, 17.6%, and 37.2%. Results of October 2016 were not significantly different from those of the past month statistically.
Rating of Chief Executive LEUNG Chun-ying. The current survey in October 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 39.1 in average and it was 39.4 last month, and the difference between September 2016 and October 2016 was also 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 2016 were 52.1, 61.6, and 46.0 respectively. The corresponding figures in September 2016 were 52.4, 60.0, and 46.9. No statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of three secretaries between September 2016 and October 2016.
Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments. In October 2016, 20.9% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 31.5% expressed distrust; 45.2% answered ‘in-between’. The results of September 2016 were 21.5%, 33.9%, and 43.5% respectively. There was no statistically significant difference in trust in the HKSAR Government between September 2016 and October 2016. Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government in October 2016, while 21.1% said they trusted the Central Government, 36.8% answered the opposite; 36.2% said ‘in-between’. The respective figures in the previous month were 22.1%, 39.1%, and 34.7%. Again, the difference between September 2016 and October 2016 was also found to be statistically insignificant.