26 January 2015

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



A telephone survey was conducted from 20 to 22 January 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 January 2015.  713 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 44.2%.  The sampling error is + or – 3.67% at a confidence level of 95%. 

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

Satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government.  According to the survey, while 42.6% of respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 23.7% said they were satisfied.  32.8% of 713 respondents answered ‘in-between’.  The corresponding figures in December 2014 were 44.6%, 22.8%, and 31.9%.  Results of January 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 43.7 in average and it was 43.1 last month, but the difference between December 2014 and January 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 January 2015 were 54.8, 57.1, and 49.0 respectively.  The corresponding figures in December 2014 were 56.2, 57.9, and 50.0. No statistically significant differences in the ratings were observed between December 2014 and January 2015. 

Overall Rating of the HKSAR Governing Team (including politically-appointed officials).  The overall rating of the HKSAR governing team was 46.0 in January 2015 and 46.6 in December 2014.  This could be interpreted as a stable rating as statistically the rating of January 2015 was not significantly different from that of December 2014. 

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments.  In January 2015, 27.3% of respondents showed trust in the HKSAR government and 35.5% expressed distrust; 35.9% answered ‘in-between’.  The results of December 2014 were 29.2%, 37.8%, and 32.7% respectively.  Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government in January 2015, while 26.7% said they trusted the Central Government, 41.6% answered the opposite; 29.1% said ‘in-between’.  The respective figures in the previous month were 28.0%, 40.1%, and 28.8%. There were no statistically significant differences in trust towards the HKSAR and the Central Governments between December 2014 and January 2015.

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