2 March 2015

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

A telephone survey was conducted from 24 to 26 February 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 February 2015.  743 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 43.2%.  The sampling error is + or – 3.60% at a confidence level of 95%. 

Major findings are summarized as follows:

Satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government.  According to the survey, while 39.8% of respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 20.3% said they were satisfied.  38.6% of 743 respondents answered ‘in-between’.  The corresponding figures in January 2015 were 42.6%, 23.7%, and 32.8%.  Results of February 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 42.1 in average and it was 43.7 last month, but the difference between January 2015 and February 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 February 2015 were 54.3, 59.0, and 48.8 respectively.  The corresponding figures in January 2015 were 54.8, 57.1, and 49.0. No statistically significant differences in the ratings were observed between January 2015 and February 2015.

Overall Rating of the HKSAR Governing Team (including politically-appointed officials).  The overall rating of the HKSAR governing team was 45.9 in February 2015 and 46.0 in January 2015.  This could be interpreted as a stable rating as statistically the rating of February 2015 was not significantly different from that of January 2015.

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments.  In February 2015, 22.6% of respondents showed trust in the HKSAR government and 34.1% expressed distrust; 42.3% answered ‘in-between’.  The results of January 2015 were 27.3%, 35.5%, and 35.9% respectively.  Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government in February 2015, while 24.4% said they trusted the Central Government, 39.3% answered the opposite; 32.3% said ‘in-between’.  The respective figures in the previous month were 26.7%, 41.6%, and 29.1%. There were no statistically significant differences in trust towards the HKSAR and the Central Governments between January 2015 and February 2015.