27 July 2015

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



A telephone survey was conducted from 21 to 23 July 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 July 2015.  814 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 44.8%.  The sampling error is + or – 3.42 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. 

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

Satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government.  According to the survey, while 44.3% of the 814 respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 21.1% said they were satisfied and 33.5% answered ‘in-between’.  The corresponding figures in June 2015 were 42.5%, 21.3%, and 34.6%.  Results of July 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 41.9 in average and it was 42.0 last month, but the difference between June 2015 and July 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 July 2015 were 55.9, 60.2, and 49.4 respectively.  The corresponding figures in June 2015 were 54.4, 58.7, and 49.8. No statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of three secretaries between June 2015 and July 2015. 

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments.  In July 2015, 26.8% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR government and 34.6% expressed distrust; 37.3% answered ‘in-between’.  The results of June 2015 were 28.2%, 34.2%, and 36.3% respectively.  Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government in July 2015, while 28.0% said they trusted the Central Government, 36.4% answered the opposite; 31.7% said ‘in-between’.  The respective figures in the previous month were 28.0%, 38.0%, and 30.4%. There were no statistically significant differences in trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments between June 2015 and July 2015.

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