Tung's popularity poll 'twisted'

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 June, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 June, 2003, 12:00am

Government officials have been accused of twisting survey findings to claim that Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa is as popular as many world leaders. The accusation came from University of Hong Kong pollster Robert Chung Ting-yiu yesterday as he released a new survey showing a significant drop in Mr Tung's ratings over the past few months.

Of the 1,027 respondents polled between June 3 and 6, a total of 48 per cent said the chief executive was doing a bad job, Dr Chung said. Those who said otherwise accounted for 16 per cent, while 33 per cent delivered a '50-50' verdict. The figures represent a drop of 11 percentage points in the rating from that of early April, said Dr Chung, director of the university's Public Opinion Programme.

'Some local officials have learned to twist the meaning of, say, a support rating of 40-something marks a 40-something per cent support rate. These remarks ... are simply betraying science,' Dr Chung wrote in an article on the programme's website.