Drop in public support
PUBLIC support for the Governor's policy address has declined over the past two years, an independent opinion poll suggested.
According to a survey conducted by the Social Sciences Research Centre of the University of Hong Kong, the average satisfaction rate with Governor Chris Patten's address last year dropped by more than eight percentage points compared to his first address in 1992.
In 1992, 58.7 per cent of respondents said they were satisfied. The figure slid to 50.4 per cent in 1993.
Robert Chung Ting-yiu, who conducted the research, said the decline was probably due to mounting criticism from opinion leaders.
But the popularity of the Governor slightly improved last month.
The latest approval rating for Mr Patten stood at 57.1 per cent, half a percentage point higher than the August figure of 56.6 per cent. But this is down seven per cent from his highest rating of 64.1 per cent in October 1992.
The poll is a continuous programme by the centre to track people's reaction towards the Governor's policy proposals.
A total of 53,650 people have been interviewed in the past two years.