28 April 2014

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



A telephone survey was conducted from 22 to 24 April 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 April 2014.  803 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 46.6%. The sampling error is + or – 3.46% at a confidence level of 95%. 

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

Satisfaction with the HKSAR Government.  According to the survey of April 2014, while 38.1% of respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the HKSAR Government, 22.2% said they were satisfied.  39.4% of 803 respondents answered 'in-between'.  The corresponding figures in March 2014 were 41.0%, 19.0%, and 39.1%.  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 47.1 in average and it was 44.3 last month.  Statistically significant difference in the performance rating of Leung Chun-ying was found between this month and March 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 April 2014 were 60.8, 57.6, and 53.0 respectively.  The corresponding figures in March 2014 were 57.8, 56.0, and 50.5.  Statistically significant differences in the performance rating of Carrie Lam and Rimsky Yuen were found between March and April 2014. 

Overall Rating of the HKSAR Governing Team (including politically-appointed officials).  The overall rating of the HKSAR governing team was 48.7 in April 2014 and 47.0 in March 2014.  Statistically, the rating of this month was not significantly different from that of March 2014. 

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments.  In April 2014, 24.3% of respondents showed trust in the HKSAR government and 33.2% expressed distrust.  40.9% answered 'in-between'.  The results of March 2014 were 23.5%, 36.5%, and 39.2% respectively.  Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government, in April 2014, while 38.5% said they did not trust the Central Government, 22.8% answered the opposite.  36.0% said 'in-between'.  The corresponding figures in the previous month were 37.4%, 21.5%, and 38.2% respectively.  No statistically significant changes were found between March and April 2014.

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