Date
21 November 2017
Support for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has plunged amid deep conflicts in society. Photos: Bloomberg, HKEJ
Support for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has plunged amid deep conflicts in society. Photos: Bloomberg, HKEJ

CY Leung rating hits new low amid Occupy campaign

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s popularity has sunk to a record low since pro-democracy protesters kicked off the Occupy campaign a month ago, RTHK reported, citing a new survey.

In the latest University of Hong Kong poll, support rating for the Hong Kong leader has dropped to 38.9 points, down 1.7 points compared with two weeks ago. Leung’s net approval rate now stands at negative 39 percentage points, the lowest since he assumed office in 2012.

The survey also shows that those aged between 18 and 29 only gave Leung 22.8 points on average, which is the lowest among all groups, and 87 percent in this age bracket do not want him as chief executive.

Meanwhile, 18 percent of the respondents said they participated in the Occupy movement, and gave Leung 13.4 points on average, while 94 percent of them do not like his job performance.

On the other hand, 79.6 percent of respondents said they didn’t participate in the protest. For this group, Leung got a support rate of 44.7 points, while 54 percent of them are opposed to him as chief executive.

Also, 51 percent of the respondents are dissatisfied with the Hong Kong government as a whole, while only 27 percent are satisfied, according to the survey.

Robert Chung Ting-Yiu, director of the university’s Public Opinion Programme, said the latest survey was conducted about three weeks after the start of the Occupy campaign.

“For so poor a popularity and for such immense social conflicts, the ruling team has to be blamed,” Chung said.

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