People's satisfaction with their lives and the Government has hit a record high, according to the survey. The study found 90 per cent of respondents were happy with their life, while 73 per cent were satisfied with the Government's performance. Both findings are the highest since the six-monthly survey was begun in February 1993. People also expressed a higher level of satisfaction with the Chinese Government. After a nadir of 15 per cent in September 1995, the figure reached 38 per cent in the latest survey. But 45 per cent were dissatisfied. Sixty-two per cent were satisfied with the performance of the Governor, while Chief Executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa scored 53 per cent. Mr DeGolyer said that was probably due to Mr Tung's support for China's plan to roll back certain civil liberties after the handover. The Governor's spokesman, Kerry McGlynn, said: 'Mr Patten's popularity ratings have always been consistent, as have his policies. 'It is also rewarding for the last British Governor, just over 100 days from the transition, to know that a record level of 90 per cent of people are happy with their lives and that 73 per cent - another all time high - are satisfied with the performance of the Government.'