Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has seen his approval rating plunge to its second lowest since he took office in 2012, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.
At the same time, Financial Secretary John Tsang climbed to the top of the favorability ranking, the report said, citing a survey by the Public Opinion Program of the University of Hong Kong.
Leung’s approval rating tumbled 2.6 points to 40.6, the second worst in two years, eclipsed only by the 40 points he got in November last year at the height of controversy over the government’s handling of Hong Kong Television Network’s application for a free-to-air license.
Leung is supported by 23 percent of the respondents, up from 21 percent in September, but those against him rose to 61 percent from 57.
The net approval rating of negative 38 was also the second lowest for him amid an ongoing student protest, the report said.
The survey was conducted from Oct. 6 to Oct. 9 and polled 1,012 respondents by phone.
Tsang picked up 3.9 points to 58.7, the highest favorability rating among government officials, followed by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam who was up 1.1 points to 53.
Tsang’s high approval rating could have been influenced by his non-involvement in the ongoing democracy movement, the report said, citing unnamed academics.
Among bureau chiefs, Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok saw the biggest drop in net approval rating, plunging to zero from 27 points, the worst since he took the job in 2012.
The rating might have been affected by the government’s response to the protests, the report said.
Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man had the highest rating among his peers at 74.
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