Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's popularity has rebounded to over 50 points for the first time in three months, a University of Hong Kong opinion poll shows. Ratings of key ministers also rose.Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 4:21am
Opinion polling regularly hit the headlines in the run-up to the chief-executive election, and might have influenced the outcome. It's a science that should be better understood, because such 'sample surveys', as statisticians call them, are an important part of democracy.29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
Popular support for scandal-hit chief executive hopeful Henry Tang Ying-yen plunged 5 percentage points this week to 21.3 per cent of respondents in the latest survey co-commissioned by the South China Morning Post.18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
For the first time in the 62 years of the People's Republic, transparent rules have been set out for citizens to know how the two top officials in a city - the party secretary and the mayor - are selected.
They also determine how, if at all, the people can play a part in the selection process.27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
The city's level of anger has risen, according to the latest opinion poll conducted by the University of Hong Kong, fuelled by events such as the government's controversial proposal to scrap by-elections for the Legislative Council.12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
Opinion polls have become part of our daily life. Often we answer the phone only to find we are being asked to give our views on certain topics by an automated machine or a pollster. The questions may touch on a wide range of subjects, ranging from one's satisfaction with the government's performance to personal habits. Some of the findings are eventually published in the media.9 May 2011 - 12:00am
The government has admitted asking the public if finance chief John Tsang Chun-wah should quit over this year's budget fiasco - and said it was not the first time it had polled people on the performance of top officials.
But in a move that has drawn fire from lawmakers, it has refused to disclose the polls, saying to do so would hurt its ability to run future polls.5 May 2011 - 12:00am
Kevin Rudd wasn't a bad prime minister for Australia. He had good ideas and enacted an impressive list of worthy programmes. Yet the fact that he was forced from office yesterday wasn't surprising. His inability to clearly articulate his policies, coupled with an academic and bureaucratic demeanour, meant he had to go.26 Jun 2010 - 12:00am
Presenting his 2012 constitutional reform package to lawmakers on Wednesday, Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen said more than 60 per cent of respondents in the public consultation exercise supported the key elements of the government proposals.19 Apr 2010 - 12:00am
Popularity ratings between Legco by-election candidate Anson Chan Fang On-sang and her main rival Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee have narrowed to a single-digit difference after the district council elections on Sunday, a survey has found.22 Nov 2007 - 12:00am
Updated at 11.27am: Australia's main opposition party has surged ahead of the ruling coalition in an opinion poll released on Tuesday, after tens of thousands of protesters rallied against a new labour law that they say erodes job security.4 Jul 2006 - 12:00am
Nearly half of people questioned expect Tung Chee-hwa to come up with a solution to the economic downturn in his Policy Address next month, an opinion poll has shown.18 Dec 2002 - 12:00am
A pro-Beijing newspaper yesterday condemned the Chinese University's Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies latest polls on the popularity ratings of Tung Chee-hwa and his new team as 'irresponsible'.
In its editorial, the Ta Kung Pao said the polling work conducted by the institute was disappointing and cast serious doubts on the polling methodology and conclusions.26 Jul 2002 - 12:00am
I refer to Shalini Mahtani's letter (South China Morning Post, May 22) concerning a recent telephone opinion survey conducted by the Home Affairs Bureau.6 Jun 2001 - 12:00am
AS a general rule, Americans love a winner. They also have an abiding affection for statistics. (The chartists have managed to reduce the subtleties of soccer to figures. On Wednesday, the US women's team lost Olympic gold to Norway three goals to two.1 Oct 2000 - 12:00am