Public confidence in the economy has grown after moves to strengthen the dollar peg and regulatory mechanism of the financial markets, a government survey says. Those dissatisfied with government performance dropped from 59 per cent in July to 43 per cent. Respondents satisfied with the Government overall surged from 25 per cent to 35 per cent. The Home Affairs Bureau surveyed 1,591 people from September 14 to 18. Although the economy remained the top concern of respondents, people with economy-related problems dropped from 66 per cent to 60 per cent. A bureau spokesman described as 'most encouraging' the finding that 82 per cent of respondents felt the Government had tried to solve economic problems - up from July's 70 per cent. Those who believed the Government had handled the problems well doubled from seven per cent in July to 14 per cent. The spokesman said: 'It's understandable that the economy continued to be the people's leading concern, as we clearly are not out of the woods yet.' Those who were confident that Hong Kong would continue to be prosperous and stable increased from 59 per cent to 63 per cent.