Date
28 March 2017
The latest survey places the net popularity of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at negative 40 percentage points. Photo: HKEJ
The latest survey places the net popularity of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at negative 40 percentage points. Photo: HKEJ

Dissatisfaction with economy, livelihood hits new high: HKU poll

Growing the economy and improving people’s livelihood are two missions Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has set for himself during his tenure.

However, according to the results of the latest survey by the Public Opinion Programme of the University of Hong Kong (HKUPOP), 47 percent of the respondents are dissatisfied with Leung’s performance in maintaining economic prosperity, while 56 percent said they are dissatisfied with his job of improving people’s livelihood.

The level of dissatisfaction among Hong Kong people is the highest since Leung took the helm in 2012, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported on Wednesday.

The HKUPOP interviewed 1,000 Hong Kong people between March 17 and 22 for the survey.

Leung’s latest approval rate is 23 percent while his disapproval rate is 62 percent, with a net popularity of negative 40 percentage points.

Meanwhile, the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong also revealed the results of its latest survey on Leung’s performance.

The chief executive got a score of 40.1 on average, up from 39.1 last month, Ming Pao Daily reported, citing the survey results.

The point scale ranges from 0 to 100 with 50 as the passing mark.

According to the survey, 42.5 percent of the 717 respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of the HKSAR government, 18.8 percent said they were satisfied while 37.2 percent answered “in between”.

Of the respondents, 24.7 percent said they trusted the government, up 2.5 percentage points from the February results.

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