Date
19 November 2017
This is the second time for the Chief Executive CY Leung's popularity rating to plunge below the alert level in 2014 and the fourth time since he took office in 2012. Photo: AFP
This is the second time for the Chief Executive CY Leung's popularity rating to plunge below the alert level in 2014 and the fourth time since he took office in 2012. Photo: AFP

CY Leung’s popularity sinks again below ‘warning line’

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s popularity has dropped below the “warning line” and his administration might face a crisis of governance, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

The survey shows that the latest support rating of the Chief Executive has dropped below the 45 alert level again, to 44.1 marks out of 100, the Public Opinion Programme (POP) of the University of Hong Kong said.

This is the second time for his popularity rating to plunge below the alert level in 2014 and the fourth time since he took office in 2012, the survey said. That latest reading was a decline of two points from last month.

According to POP’s standards, CY Leung has fallen into the category of a “depressing” performer.

The university interviewed 1,012 Hong Kong people between July 31 and Aug. 6, 2014 by phone.

As for Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, her latest support rating is 54.9 marks with her approval rate at 44 percent and disapproval rate at 18 percent, putting her net popularity at positive 26 percentage points.

This means that Lam’s support rating and net approval rate again hit record lows since she took office, the POP said.

By contrast, Financial Secretary John Tsang has become the most popular among department secretaries for the first time. The latest support rating of Tsang is 56.3 marks with approval rate at 48 percent and disapproval rate at 15 percent, giving him a net popularity of positive 33 percentage points.

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