Rita Fan the pick for top job among middle class

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 August, 2011, 12:00am


Former Legco president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai received more support among the middle class than the two other potential contenders for chief executive, a survey found. A group called Middle Class Power polled about 620 people on the streets who identified themselves as middle class.

Seventeen per cent supported Fan, who is a member of the National People's Congress Standing Committee. About 13 per cent opted for Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, and about the same number picked Leung Chun-ying, convenor of the Executive Council.

Nearly half said they had not decided which candidate to support.

About 64 per cent said the next chief executive should have experience in public administration, while about 53 per cent said the candidate should enjoy wide public support.

Middle Class Power said the results showed that none of the three potential candidates were able to fulfil both of the criteria.

The survey also found that about two-thirds of respondents were dissatisfied with the government's performance in the past year, while only 20 per cent of people said they were satisfied.

Respondents hoped Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen could tackle inflation, the widening income gap and the rising level of property prices before his term expires next year.


of people support Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai to be chief executive in an April survey by the Hong Kong Transition Project, putting her in first place