26 May 2014

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



A telephone survey was conducted from 20 to 22 May 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 May 2014.  753 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 45.4%. The sampling error is + or – 3.57% at a confidence level of 95%. 

Major findings are summarized as follows:

Satisfaction with the HKSAR Government.  According to the survey of May 2014, while 40.6% of respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the HKSAR Government, 20.3% said they were satisfied.  38.2% of 753 respondents answered 'in-between'.  The corresponding figures in April 2014 were 38.1%, 22.2%, and 39.4%.  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 46.1 in average and it was 47.1 last month.  No statistically significant difference in the performance rating of Leung Chun-ying was found between this month and April 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 May 2014 were 59.9, 56.9, and 52.2 respectively.  The corresponding figures in April 2014 were 60.8, 57.6, and 53.0.  No statistically significant differences were found between April and May 2014. 

Overall Rating of the HKSAR Governing Team (including politically-appointed officials).  The overall rating of the HKSAR governing team was 47.9 in May 2014 and 48.7 in April 2014.  Statistically, the rating of this month was not significantly different from that of April 2014. 

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments.  In May 2014, 25.1% of respondents showed trust in the HKSAR government and 34.7% expressed distrust.  39.3% answered 'in-between'.  The results of April 2014 were 24.3%, 33.2%, and 40.9% respectively.  Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government, in May 2014, while 38.4% said they did not trust the Central Government, 21.8% answered the opposite.  37.4% said 'in-between'.  The corresponding figures in the previous month were 38.5%, 22.8%, and 36.0% respectively.  No statistically significant changes were found between April and May 2014. 

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