Public satisfaction over Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s recent policy address has hit a new low, according to a follow-up survey from the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Program.
The survey, which was based on interviews with 514 people on Jan. 14 and 15, showed that the net satisfaction rate was at negative 37 percentage points, 17 points worse compared to the initial survey conducted last Wednesday when Leung delivered his annual policy speech.
Net satisfaction rate is the difference between the satisfaction and dissatisfaction rates.
Satisfaction rating on the policy address was 37.5 marks, the lowest rating since records began in 2005. It was down 3.6 points from the initial survey.
Respondents had negative opinion on the Hong Kong leader’s comments related to “One Belt, One Road” and housing.
About 60 percent objected to Leung’s decision to set up a monitoring committee to implement initiatives related to China’s road and belt program, as well as the government’s plan to put aside HK$1 billion to help students offshore to pursue studies in Hong Kong.
Regarding Leung’s policies to solve problems faced by Hong Kong, 62 percent of the respondents were of the view that the policies would have little impact.
About 58 percent believed the policy address was focused on solving Hong Kong’s social problems from the perspective of the central government, rather than giving priority to local residents’ interests.
After Leung’s fourth policy address on Jan. 13, many netizens complained that he was just trying to please Beijing, more than anything else.
They noted that the phrase “One Belt, One Road” was mentioned as many as 44 times in Leung’s speech, making it clear where his priorities and loyalties lay.
Meanwhile, there was also much discussion about a video clip which showed Leung’s failure to answer a question related to the term “spamming (洗板)”.
Asked by a TV anchor as to whether he knows the meaning of the term, Leung said “yes” but failed to elaborate.
The anchor said Leung should monitor the hot topics that are currently “spamming” the social media platforms in order to understand what people want.
The video clip has gone viral, garnering 440,000 views on YouTube so far.
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