Less than half of the people in Hong Kong are satisfied with Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s maiden policy address on Wednesday, according to a survey by the Public Opinion Programme of the University of Hong Kong.
The survey showed that 47.5 percent of the respondents were “satisfied” with Lam’s speech titled We Connect for Hope and Happiness, while 13.9 percent were “dissatisfied”, hk01.com reports. About 27 percent answered “half-half” while 11 percent said “Don’t know/hard to say”.
According to survey, which was based on phone interviews of 673 citizens aged above 18, Lam got 62.4 marks, higher than the 52.3 marks received by former chief executive Leung Chun-ying in his last policy address in January.
Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang Yam-kuen got 66.4 and 65.2 marks in his first and third policy addresses, respectively.
Citing a trend in the many surveys it has conducted in the past, the HKU POP noted that the popularity of chief executives tended to drop after delivering the policy address and while approaching the end of their tenure.
For example, Leung’s second to the last policy address only got 41.1 marks, the lowest score since the HKU POP started rating policy addresses in 2000.
Dr. Chung Kim-wah from the Polytechnic University’s Applied Social Sciences Department attributed the relatively high mark that Carrie Lam received to her strategy of avoiding controversial topics and handing out many small favors, which was quite unlike Leung’s style.
Chung said Lam’s satisfaction levels were low because many citizens still remember her performance when she was the chief secretary and they believe she won the election because of the all-out support of Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong.
He said he found it quite disappointing that Lam did not give a clear direction as to how she intends to achieve her goals.
Lam will find it hard to please everyone in her next policy adress as she appears to have already played all her trump cards, Chung said.
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