30 April 2018

Survey Findings on HKSAR Government’s Popularity in April 2018
Released by Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at CUHK



A telephone survey was conducted from 20 to 25 April 2018 by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong to study the popularity of the HKSAR Government.  703 respondents aged 18 or above were successfully interviewed, with a response rate of 35.5%.  The sampling error is estimated at plus or minus 3.70 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. 

Major findings are summarized as follows: 

Satisfaction with the HKSAR Government.  According to the current survey, 31.2% of the 703 respondents expressed satisfaction towards the HKSAR Government, 30.0% said they were dissatisfied, and 35.8% answered ‘in-between’.  The corresponding figures for March 2018 were 31.5%, 29.7%, and 37.2%, respectively.  Statistical analysis shows that the results for April 2018 were not significantly different from those of March.  When comparing the figures with the same month last year (i.e. April 2017), it is found that the percentage of satisfaction in April 2018 (31.2%) was much higher than that of April 2017 (25.4%) and the difference in percentage distribution between April 2018 and April 2017 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 55.9 on average, whereas the rating for March was 56.2.  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 (Teresa Cheng) in April 2018 were 52.6, 43.1 and 41.4 respectively.  The corresponding figures for March were 53.4, 44.5 and 40.2.  Comparing the ratings difference between April 2018 and March 2018, no statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of Mathew Cheung, Paul Chan  and Teresa Cheng. 

Trust in the HKSAR Government.  As of April 2018, 32.7% of the respondents showed trust in the HKSAR Government and 21.5% expressed distrust; 43.0% answered ‘in-between’.  The results for March 2018 were 33.3%, 22.9%, and 42.3%, respectively.  There was no statistically significant difference in trust in the HKSAR Government between April 2018 and March 2018.  When comparing the figures with those of April 2017, it is showed that the percentage of trust in the HKSAR Government in April 2018 (32.7%) was higher than that of April 2017 (28.5%). Statistically significant differences were not found between these two months. 

Trust in the Central Government.  Regarding the level of trust in the Central Government in April 2018, 21.3% said they trusted it, 41.7% answered the opposite, and 30.7% said ‘in-between’.  The respective figures from March were 22.1%, 42.6%, and 32.1%, respectively.  Statistically significant differences were not found between March 2018 and April 2018.  However, the differences between April 2018 (Trust: 21.3%; Distrust: 41.7%) and April 2017 (Trust: 25.1%; Distrust: 36.1%) were found to be statistically significant

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