Veteran unionist Chan Yuen-han is the most popular lawmaker in the 70-strong legislature, a poll shows. She takes the mantle from a pan-democrat favourite, Audrey Eu Yuet-mee.
Chan, from the Beijing-loyalist Federation of Trade Unions, scored 56.9 points out of 100 to top the chart in the University of Hong Kong's first poll of the new Legislative Council term. The pollsters interviewed more than 1,000 people.
In the last poll, in July, the Civic Party's Eu was the most popular lawmaker, on 57.4 points, but she lost her seat in the September 9 election.
In the new survey, Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing and newly appointed Executive Council member Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee stayed in second and third places respectively.
In the pan-democratic camp, Labour Party chairman Lee Cheuk-yan's rating increased 3.9 points, lifting him from sixth to fourth position and making him the camp's most popular lawmaker. The Civic Party's Alan Leong Kah-kit and the Democratic Party's Emily Lau Wai-hing placed fifth and sixth.
Dr Robert Chung Ting-yiu, director of HKU's public opinion programme, said events since July, including a government commission's proposal to raise the minimum wage to HK$30 per hour, and controversy over a proposed Old Age Living Allowance, may have influenced people.