Donald Tsang wins public approval for handling of Manila hostage tragedy

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 September, 2010, 12:00am

The popularity of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has risen to a record high after the Manila hostage tragedy, a University of Hong Kong survey shows.

He has seen his rating rise by 7.2 points to 58.5 compared to a similar poll before the August 23 shootings.

It is the highest popularity rating for Tsang in two years. Respondents who had confidence in Tsang also rose by 12 percentage points to 47 per cent.

The confidence rating for Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong rose by five percentage points to 71 per cent. The polls have a margin of error of up to 3 percentage points.

Chinese University academic Ma Ngok said Tsang's rebound would not last long. 'People will soon forget how well the government has handled the aftermath of the hostage tragedy, especially if he has no substantial policy to be announced in his policy address next month.'