Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s support rating has fallen to the lowest level since October, during the Occupy protests, the latest poll from the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Program shows.
In a survey early this month, respondents gave Leung an average of 39.6 marks on a 0-100 scale, where 100 means they were absolutely supportive of him, and 0 means they were absolutely not supportive.
The rating is 1.1 mark lower than in the previous poll in mid-February, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.
Robert Chung Ting-yiu, director of the program, was quoted as saying political figures with a support rating lower than 45 marks will face a crisis of confidence.
The support rating for Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was 54 marks, while that for Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah was 59 marks. Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung scored 45.1 marks.
Asked whether they would vote for Leung if a general election for chief executive were to be held immediately, just 22 percent of the respondents said yes, while 64 percent said no. That translates to a net popularity of minus 42 percentage points, unchanged from the previous survey.
The poll was done between March 2 and March 5. Of 1,000 Hong Kong residents telephoned, 67 percent responded.
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