Date
24 March 2017
John Tsang is the most popular among the top officials in the Hong Kong government, according to a survey. Photo: HKEJ
John Tsang is the most popular among the top officials in the Hong Kong government, according to a survey. Photo: HKEJ

John Tsang support rating at 7-year high

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah has the highest support rating among the top three officials in the Leung Chun-ying administration, according to the latest poll by the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme (POP).

The support rating of Tsang stood at 61.7, marking his highest score in seven years.

Among his top colleagues, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor had a support rating of 56.9 while Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung enjoyed a rating of 46.6.

Meanwhile, their boss – Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying — has seen his support rating recover slightly from a historic low, but he still has a lot to worry about. 

Leung had a score of 41.4 in the latest survey, an improvement from the 38.5 figure registered at the end of August but still below the 45-mark warning level.

The survey also showed that Leung’s approval rating now stands at 25 percent while his disapproval rating is at 59 percent, giving him a net popularity of negative 34 percentage points.

HKU researchers interviewed more than a thousand people earlier this month for the survey. 

Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man still has the highest rating, at 71, among all the directors of government bureaus.

Under the POP standard, Ko’s performance falls under the “ideal” category, while those of Leung, Education Secretary Eddie Ng-Hak-kim and Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po fall into the category of “depressing”.

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