Lam's net approval rating hits record low amid extradition fears

May 29, 2019 15:56
Chief Executive Carrie Lam had a net approval rating of negative 27 percentage points, the worst since she took the helm on July 1, 2017,  the HKUPOP survey showed. Photo: HKEJ

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has seen her net approval rating hit its lowest level since she took office nearly two years ago, according to a survey.

The survey was conducted by the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Program (HKUPOP) between May 20 and 23, amid growing opposition to her administration's fugitives bill, which critics fear will undermine the city's legal system.

A mass protest against the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019 is scheduled for June 9.

The survey showed that the vote of confidence in Lam was 32 percent while the vote of no confidence was 59 percent, placing her net approval rating at negative 27 percentage points, the worst since she took the helm on July 1, 2017, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

Lam’s popularity rating stood at 44.7 marks, slightly up from 44.3 seen in the last survey conducted two weeks ago.

The survey was based on random phone interviews with 1,013 Hong Kong residents aged 18 or above.

According to an analysis of the survey results, which were released on Tuesday, the younger and more educated the respondents were, the more they were critical of Lam as chief executive in terms of support rate.

Among those respondents who oppose Lam as Hong Kong’s leader, more than eight in 10 are aged between 18 and 29, while 71 percent of them have tertiary education or above, the HKUPOP said.

As for the appraisal of the overall performance of Lam’s administration, 55 percent of the respondents were dissatisfied while 27 percent were satisfied.

That resulted in a net satisfaction rate of negative 28 percentage points, worse than a month ago.

Lam's trust rate stood at 36 percent while her distrust rate was 50 percent, giving her a net trust of negative 14 percentage points.

As for people’s satisfaction with the current economic, livelihood and political conditions, the corresponding net satisfaction rates were negative 5, negative 30 and negative 58 percentage points respectively.

Meanwhile, another survey conducted by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (HKIAPS) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong showed Lam has had downward rating compared to an earlier survey.

Lam scored 48.1 marks in the survey that interviewed 704 people aged 18 or above between May 20 and 25, down 2.9 marks from a similar survey last month and below the passing mark of 50.

The average score received by Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung was 45, while that for Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po and Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah was 38.3 and 33.7, respectively.

The HKIAPS’ survey also showed 30.1 percent of the interviewees expressed distrust, a near one-year high.

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