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30 Sep 2016

Survey Findings on the HKSAR Government’s Popularity in September 2016Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK

30 Sep 2016
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A telephone survey was conducted from 23 to 27 September 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 September 2016. 710 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 38.5%. The sampling error is + or – 3.68 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.  

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

Satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government. According to the current survey in September, 43.2% of the 710 respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 17.6% said they were satisfied and 37.2% answered ‘in-between’.  The corresponding figures in August were 40.8%, 18.6%, and 39.4%. Results of September 2016 were not significantly different from those of the past month statistically. 

Rating of Chief Executive LEUNG Chun-ying. The current survey in September 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 39.4 in average and it was 39.7 last month, and the difference between August 2016 and September 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 September 2016 were 52.4, 60.0, and 46.9 respectively.  The corresponding figures in August 2016 were 53.3, 61.1, and 47.4. No statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of three secretaries between August 2016 and September 2016. 

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments. In September 2016, 21.5% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 33.9% expressed distrust; 43.5% answered ‘in-between’. The results of August 2016 were 23.3%, 33.4%, and 42.3% respectively. There was no statistically significant difference in trust in the HKSAR Government between August 2016 and September 2016. Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government in September 2016, while 22.1% said they trusted the Central Government, 39.1% answered the opposite; 34.7% said ‘in-between’. The respective figures in the previous month were 23.2%, 38.3%, and 35.4%. Again, the difference between August 2016 and September 2016 was also found to be statistically insignificant. 

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