Chief's rating up despite unpopular blueprint

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 January, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 January, 2003, 12:00am

Mr Tung's rating has seen a mild increase despite more people being dissatisfied with the policy address than those who were happy with it, a survey has found.

A lightning poll carried out by the University of Hong Kong on Wednesday night after the policy address was delivered found the chief executive's latest rating had risen from a record low of 46.6 in another survey conducted this month to 48.2.

But this is still below the benchmark of 50.

Of the 377 respondents who knew about the content of the policy address, 27 per cent were dissatisfied with it. Only 22 per cent were satisfied, a drop of 7 percentage points compared to a lightning poll carried out last year. The rest had no opinion.

The satisfaction rating for the policy address - an average of marks given by respondents out of a maximum 100 - was 51.6, 5.1 marks less than last year.

A total of 50.1 per cent of the respondents believed Hong Kong has to be backed by the mainland in developing its economy.

A quarter of the respondents said their confidence in the future of Hong Kong had increased, while 22 per cent said it had dropped.

On the decision by Mr Tung and his cabinet to cut their pay by 10 per cent, 62 per cent said they were satisfied, while 27 per cent were not.

Pollster Robert Chung Ting-yiu, director of the Public Opinion Programme at the University of Hong Kong who conducted the poll, said the policy address had had a stabilising effect on the chief executive's popularity.

'Some respondents who were dissatisfied with his policy direction in the past have changed to a wait-and-see position,' he said.

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