22 December 2016

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



A telephone survey was conducted from 16 December 2016 to 20 December 2016 by the 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 December 2016.  754 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 36.6%.  The sampling error is + or – 3.57 percentage points at a confidence level of 95%.  

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

Satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government.  According to the current survey in December, 40.2% of the 754 respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 20.3% said they were satisfied and 37.8% answered ‘in-between’.  The corresponding figures in November were 42.8%, 17.4%, and 38.3%.  Results of December 2016 were not significantly different from those of the past month statistically. 

Rating of Chief Executive LEUNG Chun-ying.  The current survey in December 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 41.3 in average and it was 39.9 last month, and the difference between November 2016 and December 2016 was also 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 December 2016 were 53.3, 57.7, and 44.5 respectively.  The corresponding figures in November 2016 were 51.1, 60.8, and 46.3.  Comparing the ratings difference between November 2016 and December 2016, no statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of Carrie Lam and Rimsky Yuen, but a statistically significant difference was found in that of John Tsang. 

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments.  In December 2016, 24.8% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 29.8% expressed distrust; 42.2% answered ‘in-between’.  The results of November 2016 were 22.1%, 32.1%, and 44.0% respectively.  There was no statistically significant difference in trust in the HKSAR Government between November 2016 and December 2016.  Concerning the level of trust in the Central Government in December 2016, while 24.0% said they trusted the Central Government, 33.1% answered the opposite; 36.3% said ‘in-between’.  The respective figures in the previous month were 22.6%, 35.8%, and 34.6%.  Again, the difference between November 2016 and December 2016 was also found to be statistically insignificant.

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