Donald Tsang

Chief takes relaxed view of polls slump

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 July, 2008, 12:00am

The chief executive said yesterday he would remain positive whether his approval rating rose or fell.

'To me, if my popularity goes up or down, it spurs me on differently,' Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said in Anshan .

According to a Chinese University poll released on Thursday, the chief executive's approval rating had fallen to an average of 57.4 out of a possible 100 marks, compared with 59.2 in June and 65.6 in May.

The latest score was the lowest since Mr Tsang took office in June 2005. Inflation affected the popularity of all leaders in the world, Mr Tsang said yesterday.

'The most important thing is not about the popularity... but the message being sent across behind the rating. In this regard, I think inflation affects our citizens, and this is the most important thing we have to handle.'

He said the public would benefit from the short-term relief measures announced this month as well as 10 major infrastructure projects, which would increase the city's economic vitality when they were launched.