New Exco faces score highly on popularity

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 May, 2006, 12:00am

Two high-profile newcomers are among the three most popular non-official members of the Executive Council, an opinion poll shows.

Stock exchange chief Ronald Arculli has overtaken Liberal lawmaker Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee as the most popular of the 15 non-official councillors, with a rating of 59.3 out of 100, and banker David Li Kwok-po is in third place, with a score of 54.9.

Mr Li and Mr Arculli were among eight recruits to an expanded Exco in October.

Exco convenor Leung Chun-ying and DAB veteran Tsang Yok-sing round out the top five, according to the quarterly survey of 1,019 people carried out by the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme.

Unionist Cheng Yiu-tong, third in the February survey, dropped out of the top five.

Respondents were first asked to name the five councillors they knew best. The six most recognised were then scored out of 100.

'People are still unfamiliar with the new councillors after they came into office last October,' said the programme's director, Robert Chung Ting-yiu.

The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 per cent.

Meanwhile, a survey by the Hong Kong Research Association showed the newly formed Civic Party went from being the highest-rated party in the Legislative Council to the third-highest over the past month.

Its rating slipped from 3 out of 6 in April to 2.77 in the survey, for which 1,231 people were questioned last week.