Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s popularity has risen after hitting the lowest point since she took office on July 1, according to a survey conducted by the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Program.
Lam’s popularity rating rebounded by 2.6 marks to 58.3, according to the poll on the popularity of the chief executive and her team, and the Public Sentiment Index conducted between Dec. 18 and 19. That was still lower than the 63.7 recorded soon after she assumed power.
In a similar poll in early December, she got a rating of 55.7, a record low, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Based on phone interviews with 1,013 respondents, Lam’s approval rate was 49 percent and her disapproval rate was 36 percent, giving her a net popularity of positive 12 percentage points, which was almost the same as two weeks ago.
The survey also found that the public was more satisfied with the government’s performance in dealing with issues concerning economic and livelihood conditions.
The net satisfaction rate for the current economic condition stood at positive 15 points, up 22 points from the last survey, but the rating for the current political condition remained low at negative 46 points, down 6 points.
For maintaining economic prosperity and improving people’s livelihood, the net satisfaction rates were positive 18 points and positive 1 point respectively, the highest since 2008.
As for handling relations with the central government, the net satisfaction rate was positive 26 points, while that for developing democracy was negative 18 points.
Both figures improved compared to six months ago and were the highest since 2011.
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