Public satisfaction with the chief executive’s latest policy address has fallen to the lowest level since 2005, Metro Hong Kong reported Friday, citing a survey released by the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Program.
The survey, which interviewed 514 residents on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, showed that the net satisfaction rate for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s Jan. 14 policy speech was negative 26 percentage points, up one point from the last survey three weeks ago.
Net satisfaction rate is the difference between the satisfaction and dissatisfaction rates.
Satisfaction rating on the policy address was 41.7 marks, the lowest rating since records began in 2005. It was down 1.7 points from the last survey.
Respondents gave negative reviews to the Hong Kong leader’s policies on housing and education. About 26 percent objected to the government’s decision to suspend the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme, up 5 points from the last survey.
The scheme, which granted permanent residency to qualified overseas investors, has been blamed for rising property prices in the city. It was launched by former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa in October 2003 to boost the local economy in the wake of the SARS epidemic.
Meanwhile, 61 percent objected to the part of Leung’s speech criticizing the Undergrad, a campus magazine published by the HKU students union which the chief executive said was promoting independence in the territory.
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