25 April 2016

Survey Findings on the HKSAR Government’s Popularity in April 2016
Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK



A telephone survey was conducted from 19 to 22 April 2016 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 2016. 722 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 41.8%. The sampling error is + or – 3.65 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.  

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

Satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government.  According to the current survey in April, 43.4% of the 722 respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 19.3% said they were satisfied and 35.2% answered ‘in-between’. The corresponding figures in March were 42.5%, 18.8%, and 37.2%. Results of April 2016 were not significantly different from those of the past month statistically. 

Rating of Chief Executive LEUNG Chun-ying. The current survey in April 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 39.3 in average and it was 40.1 last month, but the difference between March 2016 and April 2016 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 April 2016 were 51.4, 61.3, and 47.4 respectively. The corresponding figures in March 2016 were 52.0, 61.1, and 47.9.  No statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of three secretaries between March 2016 and April 2016. 

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments. In April 2016, 23.3% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 33.6% expressed distrust; 41.0% answered ‘in-between’.  The results of March 2016 were 24.7%, 35.0%, and 38.9% respectively. There was no statistically significant difference in trust in the HKSAR Government between March 2016 and April 2016. Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government in April 2016, while 20.4% said they trusted the Central Government, 39.6% answered the opposite; 32.8% said ‘in-between’.  The respective figures in the previous month were 22.1%, 38.8%, and 35.7%.  Again, the difference between March 2016 and April 2016 was also found to be statistically insignificant.

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