Date
15 December 2017
CY Leung is beset with poor approval rating following his handling of the recent pro-democracy protests. Photos: AFP, Xinhua
CY Leung is beset with poor approval rating following his handling of the recent pro-democracy protests. Photos: AFP, Xinhua

No big expectations from Leung’s policy address

Nearly half of Hong Kong people have no expectations from the annual policy address to be delivered by the city’s leader Leung Chun-ying next week, a survey showed.

In the survey conducted by the Chinese University’s Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (HKIAPS), 47.2 percent of the respondents said they have no expectations from the speech to be given by the chief executive, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

The figure marked the highest such percentage since Leung assumed office in July 2012. Only 6.9 percent of the people surveyed said they have high expectations from the policy announcement, the report said.

About 740 people were interviewed on the telephone in December for the survey.

The HKIAPS said the findings are a reflection of the low support rating for the current administration.

Asked about various public policies, 28.2 percent of the respondents said the government should prioritize housing and planning, while 20 percent said constitution and administration should be given priority. Environmental protection and conservation was the topic that of least concern for the interviewees.

The survey found that Leung’s approval rating edged up slightly — by 0.4 points — to 43.1, compared to the level in November last year. However, it was still way below the pass mark of 50.

About 44.6 percent of respondents said they were not happy with the performance of the government. Only 22.8 percent said the work was satisfactory, up 3.9 percentage points from the previous survey.

The government’s top three secretaries all saw their ratings fall. Financial Secretary John Tsang had an approval rating of 57.9 points, followed by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam at 56.2 and Justice Secretary Justice Rimsky Yuen at 50.

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