Date
27 June 2017
The net support rate for Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam has risen to 2 percent from minus 8 percent, according to a recent poll. Photo: HKEJ
The net support rate for Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam has risen to 2 percent from minus 8 percent, according to a recent poll. Photo: HKEJ

Carrie Lam’s popularity rises from negative territory

Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam has emerged from negative territory in terms of popularity.

Her net support rate as the city’s next leader has risen to 2 percent, according to the latest poll from the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Program.

Lam’s popularity rating is now about the same as what outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying had soon after he won the election five years ago, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The survey was based on random phone interviews with 1,009 Hong Kong people from April 3 to 6.

Among the respondents, 48 percent said they support Lam as Hong Kong leader, while 46 percent said they don’t.

The latest poll results show a significant improvement in Lam’s popularity, given that her net support rate was negative 8 percent last month.

Meanwhile, CY Leung saw his net popularity at minus 47 percent, up 14 percentage points from the last survey.

Among his top officials, Secretary for Food and Health Dr. Ko Wing-man remained the most popular top official, with a net approval rate of 79 percent, while Secretary for Education Eddie Ng ranked at the bottom of the list with negative 50 percent.

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung got an approval rating at 51.3 percent, and a net popularity rating of 14 percent.

Financial Secretary Paul Chan had a support rate of 37.2 percent while Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen got 47.3 percent.

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