MORE than half of Hongkong people have decided after Chris Patten's first year in office that he is a one-issueGovernor, a South China Morning Post poll found. Fifty-seven per cent of those polled said Mr Patten had spent too much time on politics and not enough on other affairs since he landed at Kai Tak at 3.05 pm a year ago today. Mr Patten still boasts a personal popularity rating of 60 per cent, according to the survey. And despite public dissatisfaction at the slow progress of the political talks in Beijing, people are prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt. More respondents said they were satisfied with his performance on economic and livelihood issues than those who expressed disaffection. Forty-two per cent said he was doing a good job, and 17 per cent gave him the thumbs-down. A third thought he was average. The poll of 511 adults, carried out by the University of Hongkong's Social Sciences Research Centre (SSRC) on Tuesday and Wednesday, found a strong current of approval for Mr Patten's performance on constitutional development. Forty-three per cent were satisfied and only 22 per cent dissatisfied. But the public was split almost equally over his management of Sino-Hongkong relations, with 36 per cent satisfied, 36 per cent unhappy and the rest either neutral or unable to express an opinion. At first sight, the Governor's popularity rating seems remarkably high, when compared with approval ratings for such international figures as British Prime Minister John Major, who scored just 14 per cent in a recent UK survey. But SSRC pollster Robert Chung Ting-yiu yesterday warned the figures were not comparable. ''Sixty per cent is not a particularly high rating for a Governor,'' he said. ''This is a different context. We can't change the Governor if we don't like him. Sixty per cent is only an average score.'' Mr Chung pointed out that legislator Elsie Tu had scored a far more impressive 70 per cent on the same scale last week, and that Mr Patten was level-pegging with Liberal Party leader Allen Lee Peng-fei. ''In other words, satisfaction with Mr Patten is round about two to one, but it is far from overwhelming,'' Mr Chung added. The survey also found that people were still optimistic about the outcome of the Sino-British talks, but two-thirds of respondents were dissatisfied with progress so far. The poll also showed 45 per cent of Hongkong people were satisfied with the Governor's performance on economic matters, compared with 20 per cent who were dissatisfied and a third who were neutral or expressed no opinion. Despite lack of progress in the airport talks and doubts over the Government's rail plan and Western Harbour tunnel franchise proposal, 40 per cent said they were satisfied with his performance on infrastructure and only 31 per cent said they were unhappy. Independent appointed legislator Christine Loh Kung-wai disagreed with the view of Mr Patten as a one-issue Governor, saying the problem was partly that the media did not want to report anything except the constitutional row. ''I'm not sure that's being fair,'' she said. ''It's not true he's not interested in anything else. I've talked to him about the arts, the environment and corruption of business ethics.'' She hoped the Governor would put more effort into making government open and accessible in the coming year. Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood member Frederick Fung King-kee agreed. He said the Governor's image had been so dominated by the political proposals that other things he had done had gone virtually unnoticed among Mr Fung's constituents. But he praised the Governor's commitment to increased public services and his positive role in widening the scope of politicians and politics in Hongkong. However, he also felt the Governor had done no more than an average job. His focus on public services and welfare had been more in quantity than quality and his approach to China had been bad. ''He should start with friendly talks instead of confrontation. Then afterwards, he can struggle,'' Mr Fung said.