28 December 2017

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



A telephone survey was conducted from 15 to 21 December 2017 by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong to study the popularity of the HKSAR Government.  706 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 37.7%.  The sampling error is estimated at plus or minus 3.69 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. 

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

Satisfaction with the HKSAR Government.  According to the current survey, 34.4% of the 706 respondents expressed satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 29.5% said they were dissatisfied, and 34.7% answered ‘in-between’.  The corresponding figures for November 2017 were 35.7%, 27.3%, and 36.6%, respectively.  Statistical analysis shows that the results for December 2017 were not significantly different from those for last month.  When comparing the figures with the same month of last year (i.e. December 2016), it is found that the percentage of satisfaction in December 2017 (34.4%) was much higher than that of December 2016 (20.3%) and the difference in percentage distribution between December 2017 and December 2016 was also found to be statistically significant. 

Rating of Chief Executive Carrie Lam.  The current survey showed that the performance rating of the Chief Executive Carrie Lam (with a point scale ranging from 0 to 100 with 50 as the passing mark) stood at 56.0 on average, whereas the rating for last month was 57.8.  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 December 2017 were 52.9, 46.3 and 46.6 respectively.  The corresponding figures for November 2017 were 53.4, 47.9 and 46.0.  Comparing the ratings for December 2017 and November 2017, no statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of Mathew Cheung, Paul Chan and Rimsky Yuen. 

Trust in the HKSAR Government.  As of December 2017, 35.6% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 21.8% expressed distrust; 40.5% answered ‘in-between’.  The results for November 2017 were 36.8%, 19.5%, and 42.5%, respectively.  There was no statistically significant difference in trust in the HKSAR Government between December and November 2017.  However, when comparing the figures with those of December 2016, it is showed that the percentage of trust in the HKSAR Government in December 2017 (35.6%) was higher than that of December 2016 (24.8%). Statistically significant differences were also observed between these two months. 

Trust in the Central Government.  Regarding the level of trust in the Central Government in December 2017, 26.2% said they trusted it, 37.0% answered the opposite, and 32.5% said ‘in-between’.  The respective figures from the previous month were 25.8%, 35.0%, and 34.8%, respectively.  However, no statistically significant differences were found between November 2017 and December 2017.  Again, the difference between December 2017 and December 2016 was also found to be statistically insignificant.

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