27 November 2014

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

A telephone survey was conducted from 20 to 24 November 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 November 2014.  803 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 43.3%.  The sampling error is + or – 3.46% at a confidence level of 95%.  

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

Satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government.  According to the survey, while 43.0% of respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 18.9% said they were satisfied.  37.5% of 803 respondents answered ‘in-between’.  The corresponding figures in October 2014 were 50.2%, 17.4%, and 31.6%.  Results of this month were 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 42.7 in average and it was 38.6 last month.  Statistically significant rise in the performance rating of Leung Chun-ying was found between this month and October 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 November 2014 were 58.2, 59.5, and 52.8 respectively.  The corresponding figures in October 2014 were 54.5, 56.7, and 48.9.  Statistically significant increases in the ratings were found between October and November 2014. 

Overall Rating of the HKSAR Governing Team (including politically-appointed officials).  The overall rating of the HKSAR governing team was 47.9 in November and 44.7 in October 2014.  Statistically, the rating of this month was significantly higher than that of October 2014. 

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments.  In November 2014, 24.8% of respondents showed trust in the HKSAR government and 34.1% expressed distrust; 40.2% answered ‘in-between’.  The results of October 2014 were 23.9%, 43.3%, and 32.2% respectively.  Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government in November 2014, while 37.2% said they did not trust the Central Government, 23.7% answered the opposite; 37.6% said ‘in-between’.  The corresponding figures in the previous month were 45.8%, 23.0%, and 28.5% respectively.  Statistically significant changes were observed between October and November 2014.

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