Chief executive's popularity yet to recover since July 1, poll finds

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 July, 2009, 12:00am

People's satisfaction towards the government has rebounded since the July 1 demonstration but the popularity rating of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has yet to recover, a University of Hong Kong survey has found.

The poll of 1,003 respondents, conducted last week, found public satisfaction in the government had risen by 5 percentage points, to 36 per cent, since a similar poll was carried out in mid-June. Those who said they were dissatisfied with the government dropped from 26 per cent to 24 per cent; this reduction was within the survey's margin of error.

The margins of error of the latest findings ranged from plus or minus 1.3 to plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The survey gave Mr Tsang a popularity rating of 54.1 out of 100, compared with the 55.4 out of 100 he received in mid-June.

The proportion of respondents who said they had confidence in him was 41 per cent, still below the 45 per cent confidence rating he enjoyed in mid-June. The proportion who had no confidence in him dropped to 42 per cent, from 45 per cent - a reduction within the margin of error.

Robert Chung Ting-yiu, director of the university's public opinion programme, which carried out the surveys, said Mr Tsang's popularity was slowly recovering after a significant drop around July 1.

Protesters voicing a variety of demands took part in the July 1 march. He was the target of some of their anger. Organisers said 76,000 people took part, but police put the figure at 28,000 and academics estimated that between 29,000 and 33,000 marched.