Public approval ratings for the three Hong Kong government officials tasked with promoting the official proposal for political reform have risen as the Occupy protests against the proposal continue.
Among the trio, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam scored the highest popularity rating of 56.8 marks out of 100, the latest University of Hong Kong survey showed. That was half a mark higher than in the previous poll two weeks earlier.
In the latest survey, 1,008 Hongkongers were interviewed by phone from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5, just over a month after the protests began.
Lam’s net approval rate of 41 points — the percentage of respondents who approved of her performance minus those who disapproved — rose four points.
Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen’s popularity rating of 48.5 was 1.5 marks higher than in the previous poll. His net approval rate jumped eight points to 14 points, his best score so far.
The net approval rate for Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam also rose eight points, to 11 points.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s popularity rating, like Lam’s, rose 1.5 marks, from its all-time low of 40.4 marks two weeks earlier.
Leung’s net approval rate improved to negative 37 points (that is, those who disapproved of his performance outnumbered those who approved by 37 percentage points) from negative 39 points.
Among the government’s principal officials, Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man had the highest net approval rate of 66 points, despite a drop of eight points.
Secretary for Development Paul Chan’s net approval rate slipped three points to negative 34 points, while that of Secretary for Education Eddie Ng fell six points to negative 23 points.
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