Date
22 September 2017
More people are becoming satisfied with the government compared to a year ago under CY Leung. Carrie Lam is more welcome among Hongkongers in a still divided society. Photos: Facebook/CNSA
More people are becoming satisfied with the government compared to a year ago under CY Leung. Carrie Lam is more welcome among Hongkongers in a still divided society. Photos: Facebook/CNSA

Political climate improving under Carrie Lam: CUHK survey

A telephone popularity survey conducted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong has found a near nip-and-tuck match-up between people happy with the new-term SAR government and those who are not.

The survey, conducted by the CUHK Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, polled 721 respondents aged 18 and above from July 13 to 18.

The Carrie Lam cabinet, still in the honeymoon period, scored higher marks than the previous Leung Chun-ying administration.

Satisfaction with the SAR government

According to the survey, 29.7 percent of the respondents expressed satisfaction toward the government, 33.7 percent said they were dissatisfied, and 34.3 percent answered “in-between”.

The corresponding figures for June 2017, the last month of the Leung administration, were 24.4 percent (satisfaction), 38.5 percent (dissatisfaction), and 36.5 percent (neutral), respectively.

Only 17.2 percent of the respondents were happy with the government under CY Leung in the same month a year ago, in July 2016.

These figures imply Lam is more welcome among Hongkongers in a still divided society.

Rating of Carrie Lam

The current survey showed that the performance rating of the chief executive (with a point scale ranging from 0 to 100 with 50 as the passing mark) stood at 55.3 on average, whereas the rating for Leung last month was 53.9. However, the difference was not statistically significant.

Ratings of three secretaries

The ratings of Chief Secretary for Administration Mathew Cheung, Financial Secretary Paul Chan and Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen in July 2017 were 52.2, 43.3, and 44.7 respectively.

The trio’s corresponding figures for June 2017 were 50.6, 42.1, and 45.6.

No statistically significant differences were observed in the ratings of the three secretaries between the two months.

Trust in the government

As of July 2017, 32.1 percent of the respondents showed trust in the government and 22.2 percent expressed distrust; 42.8 percent answered “in-between”.

The results for June 2017 were 28.0 percent (trust), 25.2 percent (distrust), and 44.8 percent (neutral), respectively.

When comparing the figures with those of July 2016, it is evident that the percentage of trust in the government in July 2017 (32.1 percent) was notably higher than that of July 2016 (21.8 percent). Statistically significant differences were also observed in these two months.

Trust in Beijing

Regarding the level of trust in the central government in July 2017, 23.2 percent said they trusted it, 40.1 percent answered the opposite, and 31.0 percent said “in-between”.

The respective figures from the previous month were 25.0 percent (trust), 35.9 percent (distrust), and 34.0 percent (neutral).

No statistically significant differences were found between June 2017 and July 2017. Again, the difference between July 2017 and July 2016 was also found to be statistically insignificant.

The sampling error was plus or minus 3.65 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level.

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Higher approval ratings for the Carrie Lam cabinet can lend the new-term government some political power to press ahead with controversial issues. Photo: Facebook


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