Economic confidence has risen and the approval rating of Tung Chee-hwa is also up, according to a poll. It also showed the controversial government intervention in the stock market was backed by most people. The survey, commissioned by the South China Morning Post, found 37 per cent of the 501 respondents were now confident about the economy, up from 33 per cent at the start of last month. The survey, conducted by Asian Commercial Research between Friday and Monday, found 61 per cent were not confident in the economy, a drop of four percentage points. Most respondents remained confident about their own financial affairs, the figure of 59 per cent unchanged from last month. But 37 per cent predicted they would suffer financially in the next 12 months. The public's satisfaction with its leaders also increased. Mr Tung's approval rating gained nine percentage points to reach 65 per cent. Approval for Chief Secretary for Administration Anson Chan Fang On-sang and Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen increased to 82 and 70 per cent respectively. Their previous ratings were 77 per cent and 63 per cent respectively. Ratings for other political figures, including Christine Loh Kung-wai, Martin Lee Chu-ming and Tsang Yok-sing recorded slight fluctuations in the range of two to three percentage points. But Allen Lee Peng-fei's rating jumped from 53 per cent to 61 per cent. On the government intervention in the stock market, 53 per cent of the 361 non-investors among the respondents approved. Thirty-one per cent disapproved and 16 per cent had no opinion. Support from the group's 140 investors was stronger, with 66 per cent approving of the intervention, 24 per cent disapproving and 10 per cent having no opinion. The survey's respondents were aged between 18 and 64 and interviewed by telephone. A poll conducted by Hong Kong University's Social Sciences Research Centre found 38 per cent of respondents supported the government intervention in the stock market, 22 per cent opposed it, 14 per cent chose to stay neutral and 26 per cent said they 'did not know or found it hard to say'.