More than 40 per cent of the respondents were unhappy with the performance of Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie, the Transition Project said. Eleven per cent of the 842 respondents were 'very dissatisfied' and 30 per cent 'somewhat dissatisfied' with the Government's senior legal adviser, who has been stricken by ill health and derided for her decisions not to prosecute Xinhua and newspaper chief Sally Aw Sian. The dissatisfaction was most evident among civil servants, of whom 49 per cent registered dissatisfaction. Twenty-nine per cent described themselves as 'somewhat satisfied' and two per cent 'very satisfied'. Miss Leung came bottom in a popularity poll of government leaders which included Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, Chief Secretary for Administration Anson Chan Fang On-sang and Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. Project director Dr DeGolyer attributed the discontent to Miss Leung's decision not to prosecute Ms Aw, who was accused of conspiring to fix one of her newspaper's circulation figures, the Adaptation of Laws bill and other disputes over 'alleged favouritism toward China patriots and pro-leftists'. Noting that the survey was carried out while Miss Leung was in hospital, he said: 'Normally there is sympathy towards that, but the sympathy just hasn't shown up. 'Miss Leung and Mr Tung represent the 'old-fashioned leftists'. The finding shows that Hong Kong people do not want to go towards that direction.' Mr Tung's work was approved of by 53 per cent of voters interviewed while 36 per cent were dissatisfied. This paled in comparison with Mrs Chan, who received a 77 per cent approval rating, with 13 per cent saying they were 'very satisfied'. Only eight per cent were dissatisfied with Mrs Chan. Despite the financial crisis, 71 per cent were satisfied with Mr Tsang. Only 16 per cent were dissatisfied.