Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s popularity took another plunge in the wake of his administration’s handling of the removal of Secretary of Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing and Secretary of the Civil Service Paul Tang Kwok-wai last week, Apple Daily reported Wednesday, citing the results of the latest survey of the University of Hong Kong Public Opinion Programme (POP).
The POP survey, which interviewed 1,010 Hong Kong residents from July 20 to 23 by phone, saw Leung’s popularity dropping to 43.9 marks, dipping further below the warning line of 45 marks.
His approval rate now stands at 25 percent and his disapproval rate at 59 percent, giving him a net popularity of minus 34 percentage points.
The survey also showed that up to 89 percent of respondents in the age group of 18 to 29 disapproved of Leung, while only 3 percent gave him the thumbs up.
For those aged between 30 and 49, 60 percent disapproved of Leung while a quarter of the respondents approved.
Leung’s popularity among respondents aged 50 or above remained high at 46 percent.
For those with a tertiary education, up to 72 percent were opposed to Leung being the chief executive.
For those who only have had primary education, the disapproval and approval ratings were 42 percent and 38 percent, respectively.
Legislator Kenneth Chan Ka-lok believed the drop in Leung’s popularity was related to his failure to explain to the public the reasons for the departure of his two ministers.
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