Date
12 December 2017
Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying has seen his approval rating fall further following the recent pro-democracy protests in the city. Photo: Bloomberg
Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying has seen his approval rating fall further following the recent pro-democracy protests in the city. Photo: Bloomberg

CY Leung’s popularity drops significantly, poll shows

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s approval rating has fallen significantly in recent weeks, according to the latest poll from the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Program.

Leung’s support rate was 40.6 points in a survey conducted in early January, down 2.6 points from the previous poll at the end of December, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

The survey, which was undertaken between Jan. 2 and Jan. 8, took in the responses of 1,021 Hong Kong residents. Interviews were conducted over the telephone.

Over one-fifth (22 percent) of the interviewees gave a zero score to Leung, while only 5 percent granted him 100 score.

Twenty-three percent of respondents said they want Leung to continue work as chief executive, while 62 percent of them were not in favor. That translates to a net negative popularity of 39 percentage points, the report noted.

Support rate for Chief Secretary Carrie Lam was 47 percent, while that for Financial Secretary John Tsang was at 54 percent. Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen had 32 percent support rate.

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