First Bus has won public approval, according to surveys by three major political parties. But the politicians said it was too early to give the thumbs-up and warned of increasing passenger demand in the long run. About 42 per cent of passengers polled by the Liberal Party in Island East gave the new service eight marks out of 10. Another 10 per cent gave it nine while 5.5 per cent gave full marks. Liberal Party and Legco transport representative Miriam Lau Kin-yee said the public were generally satisfied. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong found the satisfaction rate to be 43.5 per cent of its 202 respondents, while 49.5 per cent had no particular views. Some 10 per cent of the schedule had been delayed between 8am and 8.30am, according to a separate survey by the party. The Democrats' survey found the most encouraging results, with some 80 per cent of their 215 respondents satisfied with the overall service and fare structure.