29 May 2017

Survey Findings on the HKSAR Government’s Popularity in May 2017
Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK



A telephone survey was conducted from 19 to 24 May 2017 by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong to study the popularity of the HKSAR Government.  723 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 38.2%.  The sampling error is estimated at plus or minus 3.64 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.  

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

Satisfaction with the HKSAR Government.  According to the current survey, 39.6% of the 723 respondents expressed dissatisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 22.3% said they were satisfied, and 36.7% answered ‘in-between’.  The corresponding figures for April 2017 were 37.5%, 25.4%, and 36.0%, respectively.  Statistical analysis shows that results for May 2017 were not statistically significantly different from those for last month. 

Rating of Chief Executive LEUNG Chun-ying.  The current survey showed that the performance rating of the Chief Executive (with a point scale ranging from 0 to 100 with 50 as the passing mark) stood at 39.2 on average, whereas the rating for last month was 41.4.  However, the difference was not statistically significant. 

Ratings of Three Secretaries. The ratings of Chief Secretary for Administration (Mathew CHEUNG), Financial Secretary (Paul CHAN), and Secretary for Justice (Rimsky YUEN) in May 2017 were 51.9, 43.1, and 45.2 respectively.  The corresponding figures for April 2017 were 52.7, 44.6, and 44.8.  No statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of three secretaries between April 2017 and May 2017. 

Trust in the HKSAR and the Central Governments.  As of May 2017, 26.4% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 28.8% expressed distrust; 41.6% answered ‘in-between’.  The results for April 2017 were 28.5%, 25.0%, and 44.7%, respectively.  But none of the differences were statistically significant.  As for the Central Government, 23.0% said they trusted it, 37.1% answered the opposite, and 31.1% said ‘in-between’ in the current survey.  The respective figures from the previous month were 25.1%, 36.1%, and 32.9%, respectively.  No statistically significant differences were found between April 2017 and May 2017. 

Rating of Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam. The current survey showed that the overall performance rating of the Chief Executive-elect (with a point scale ranging from 0 to 100 with 50 as the passing mark) was 54.8 on average, whereas the rating for last month was 54.5.  The difference between May 2017 and April 2017 was not statistically significant.

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