Date
17 August 2017
Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s popularity rating plunged following a court ruling disqualifying four pro-democracy legislators. Photo: HKEJ
Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s popularity rating plunged following a court ruling disqualifying four pro-democracy legislators. Photo: HKEJ

After a few weeks in office, Carrie Lam’s popularity turns south

Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s popularity has declined sharply only about half a month 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 has decreased by 5.2 marks to 58.5, according to the the poll conducted between July 17 and 20. That compared with 63.7 in a similar poll in early July.

The survey was based on random phone interviews with 817 respondents.

Lam’s approval rate was 50 percent while her disapproval rate was 35 percent, giving her a net popularity of positive 15 percentage points, down 4 points from the last poll.

The survey also found that younger and more educated respondents tend to be less supportive of Lam as the city’s leader.

Lam’s popularity rating was only 42.3 among respondents aged between 18 and 29, the lowest among all age groups, although the figure was as high as 67.8 among those aged 50 or above.

The lower popularity rating was partly linked to the High Court’s decision to disqualify four pro-democracy legislators from office following an oath-taking controversy, although Lam’s proposal to spend an additional HK$3.6 billion per year on education was passed by the Legislative Council during the survey period, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

Nathan Law, Leung Kwok-hung, Lau Siu-lai and Edward Yiu were stripped of their Legco seats by the court on July 14, three days before the survey began.

As for the government, its popularity has not changed much compared to two weeks ago, with its satisfaction rate standing at 35 percent and dissatisfaction rate at 41 percent, giving it a net satisfaction rate of negative 7 percentage points.

Its net trust stands at positive 10 percentage points, down 4 points.

Asked what they are most dissatisfied with, most respondents cited the current political condition, with the net satisfaction rate in this regard down to as low as negative 51 percentage points.

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