Public meetings fail to lift CY Leung’s popularity
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's popularity continues to sink, as public sentiment about his administration grows increasingly polarised.
In the latest Chinese University poll, Leung scored 44.8 points out of 100 - 0.9 points lower than last month. The popularity rating was based on the average response of about 900 people.
Chinese University research fellow and chief pollster Dr Victor Zheng Wan-tai said Leung's approach seemed to be foundering.
"Meet-the-people sessions have usually helped to boost popularity. But it seems Leung's two sessions this month have failed to do this," he said.
Leung caused uproar on August 11 when he voiced his support for the police's handling of a protest in Mong Kok in which rival groups clashed over a teacher's verbal attack on officers.
At a second meeting, the audience was dominated by government supporters - only a dozen people from the pro-democracy camp managed to get in.
But as Leung's popularity slumps, three of his top officials have achieved record ratings. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Tseng Yuet-ngor scored 60.7 points, the same as her February record. Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah scored 56.9, up 1.2 points. Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung got a rating of 52.5, up 0.9 points.
The other record highs were in dissatisfaction with the administration: 43.4 per cent were not satisfied, up 0.9 points, while 18.7 per cent were satisfied, up 2.9 points. Nearly 40 per cent said they didn't trust the government, up 1.7 points from last month. That compares with nearly 25 per cent who said they did trust the government, up 3.1 points.
The sampling error was plus or minus 3.28 per cent.