31 March 2014

Survey Findings on the HKSAR Government’s Popularity in March 2014
Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK



A telephone survey was conducted from 21 to 26 March 2014 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 March 2014.  880 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 46.1%.  The sampling error is + or – 3.30% at a confidence level of 95%.

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

Satisfaction with the HKSAR Government.  According to the survey of March 2014, while 41.0% of respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the HKSAR Government, 19.0% said they were satisfied.  39.1% of 880 respondents answered 'in-between'.  The corresponding figures in February 2014 were 38.1%, 20.1%, and 40.8%.  Results of this month 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 44.3 in average and it was 45.4 last month.  No statistically significant difference in the performance rating of Leung Chun-ying was found between this month and February 2014. 

Ratings of Three Secretaries.  The ratings of Chief Secretary for Administration (Carrie Lam), Financial Secretary (John Tsang), and Secretary for Justice (Rimsky Yuen) in March 2014 were 57.8, 56.0, and 50.5 respectively.  The corresponding figures in February 2014 were 59.1, 56.5, and 49.7.  No statistically significant changes were found between February and March 2014. 

Overall Rating of the HKSAR Governing Team (including politically-appointed officials).  The overall rating of the HKSAR governing team was 47.0 in March 2014, which is the same as in February 2014.  Statistically, the rating of this month was not significantly different from that of February 2014. 

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments.  In March 2014, 23.5% of respondents showed trust in the HKSAR government and 36.5% expressed distrust.  39.2% answered 'in-between'.  The results of February 2014 were 22.9%, 34.3%, and 41.4% respectively.  Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government, while 37.4% said they did not trust the Central Government, 21.5% answered the opposite.  38.2% said 'in-between'.  The corresponding figures in the previous month were 36.7%, 21.3%, and 38.2% respectively.  No statistically significant changes were found between February and March 2014.  

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