The popularity rating of Hong Kong's chief executive has risen for the second consecutive month, a survey has found. Tung Chee-hwa's most recent rating of 45.7 on a 100-point scale came after his popularity hit a low of 39.5 in mid-April. The chief executive's rating was 41.2 at the beginning of May and 44.2 at the end of the month. 'This shows that the impact on the chief executive's popularity caused by Financial Secretary Antony Leung Kam-chung's car purchase and the Sars outbreak has come to an end,' said Robert Chung Ting-yiu, the director of the public opinion programme at the University of Hong Kong, which carried out the survey of 1,027 Hong Kong residents from June 3-6. Mr Leung's own rating was 42.8 - down 0.3 points from early May. Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, whose rating increased 1.3 points to 63.6, remained the most popular of the Tung officials. '[Mr] Tsang, who topped the list, had his rating increased again, showing that his performance in restoring the city after the epidemic has won people's support,' Dr Chung said. At the bottom of the rating scale was Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Frederick Ma Si-hang, who received just 40.9 points.