Survey Findings on the HKSAR Government’s Popularity in September 2013 Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK
A telephone survey was conducted from 23 to 25 September 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 September 2013. 821 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 45.9%. The sampling error is + or – 3.42% at a confidence level of 95%.
Major findings are summarized as follows:
Satisfaction with the HKSAR Government. According to the survey of September 2013, while 41.2% of respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the HKSAR Government, 19.0% said they were satisfied. 38.2% of 821 respondents answered ‘so-so’. The corresponding figures in August 2013 were 43.4%, 18.7%, and 36.5%.
Rating of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. The current survey in September 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 45.9 in average, higher than that in August (at 44.8). Although there was a slight increase, it was still below the passing mark.
Ratings of Three Secretaries. The ratings of Chief Secretary for Administration (Carrie Lam), Financial Secretary (John Tsang), and Secretary for Justice (Rimsky Yuen) in September 2013 were 60.1, 56.0, and 52.4 respectively. The corresponding figures in August 2013 were 60.7, 56.9, and 52.5. Thus, the ratings of the three secretaries stayed at almost the same level when compared with the results of August 2013.
Overall Rating of Leung Chun-ying’s Governing Team (including politically-appointed officials). The overall rating of Leung Chun-ying’s governing team was 45.6 in September 2013, which was slightly higher than that in August 2013 (44.5).
Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments. About one-quarter (24.8%) of respondents showed trust in the HKSAR government and over one-third (36.1%) expressed distrust. 37.6% answered ‘so-so’. It showed an increase in the rate of trust and a decrease of rate in distrust when compared with those obtained in August 2013: 23.9%, 38.7%, and 36.5% respectively. Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government, while 36.9% said they did not trust the Central Government, 22.8% answered the opposite. 37.4% said ‘so-so’. The corresponding figures in the previous month were 39.3%, 22.9%, and 35.4% respectively.