Date
21 August 2017
Pro-democracy protesters are asking Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to step down. Photo: AFP
Pro-democracy protesters are asking Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to step down. Photo: AFP

CY Leung popularity sinks to new low

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s popularity has plunged to a new low in the latest Chinese University poll.

In the October survey conducted by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Leung’s rating dropped by 2.8 points to 38.6 points, a record low since he took office in 2012.

“Hong Kong citizens have been increasingly dissatisfied with Leung. It’s the first time that Leung’s rating has dropped below 40 points, a marked decline since he took office,” the institute said.

Also, 50.2 percent of the 804 respondents said they were dissatisfied with the government’s performance, an increase of 5.7 percentage points compared with the December figure. Only 17.4 percent said they were satisfied.

Among the secretaries, Financial Secretary John Tsang got the highest rating of 56.7 points, followed by 54.5 for Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and 48.9 for Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen, the survey said.

Meanwhile, 43.3 percent of the respondents expressed distrust with the Hong Kong government, while 45.8 percent said they did not trust the central government.

The overall rating of the Hong Kong governing team was 44.7 in October, unchanged from the previous month. 

The survey interviewed 804 respondents aged 18 or above from Oct. 21 to 23. 

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