Donald Tsang

Public's clear favourite for top job

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 May, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 May, 2005, 12:00am

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's popularity remains high, even though his rating dropped slightly before he resigned to stand for chief executive, a public opinion showed yesterday.

His popularity was down 0.8 points to 70.4 between last Saturday and Tuesday - just before he tendered his resignation as chief secretary on Wednesday. The Hong Kong University poll also found 74 per cent of 1,001 respondents supported Mr Tsang as the next chief executive, a drop of three percentage points from the previous poll conducted between May 3 and 6.

Dr Robert Chung Ting-yiu, director of the university's Public Opinion Programme, said the drops in Mr Tsang's popularity and approval ratings were within the margins of sampling error.

'The popularity of the government, on the other hand, has continued to increase, as people's satisfaction level has gone back to that of April 1999,' Dr Chung said.