TACKLING THE DOWNTURN SHOULD BE THE PRIORITY, POLL FINDS
Nearly half of people questioned expect Tung Chee-hwa to come up with a solution to the economic downturn in his Policy Address next month, an opinion poll has shown.
Forty-four per cent of the 1,000-plus respondents interviewed by the Public Opinion Programme at the University of Hong Kong earlier this month said they wanted the chief executive to make 'economic development' his chief policy priority.
A further 29 per cent hoped Mr Tung would address the high unemployment rate.
Social welfare issues were rated as important concerns by only 4.4 per cent, and housing by just 2.3 per cent.
The pollster also found in another survey conducted last month that 43 per cent of respondents were unhappy with Mr Tung's policy direction.
Only 14 per cent were satisfied while the rest said their response was 'half-half'.
A survey conducted in September indicated that only 12 per cent of people were happy with the chief executive's policy speech last year.
The pollster pointed out that the public's satisfaction with the policy address had dropped significantly from a high of 45 per cent in October 1997 - when Mr Tung presented his first blueprint - to between 10 and 20 per cent over the years since then.
Mr Tung is scheduled to unveil his sixth policy address on January 8.