GOVERNOR Chris Patten appears to be winning the battle to persuade the public he is not a single-issue politician, a South China Morning Post poll reveals today, ahead of this afternoon's speech which will focus on bread and butter policies and away from political reform. Mr Patten remains personally popular and has managed to convince 44.7 per cent of respondents that he is not a ''one-issue governor''. However, a hard core of 40.5 per cent continue to feel he has concentrated on politics and ignored other matters. In a similar poll in early July, as many as 57 per cent saw him concentrating exclusively on one issue, while only a quarter of respondents disagreed. As he prepares to deliver his second state of the territory address, the public wants him to put law and order and relations with China far above political reform on his list of priorities. And one year on from his maiden Legislative Council appearance, setting out his controversial democracy blueprint and pumping millions of dollars into the environment, education, social welfare and housing, almost 55 per cent find it hard to say what tomake of last year's speech. Asked to rate a list of 11 items of concern they would like to be given top priority in the coming speech, respondents ranked law and order, and relations with China at 56 and 57 per cent respectively. Political reform, by contrast, languished at the bottom of the pile along with traffic at 42 and 43 per cent. The Government's more recent hobbyhorse issues - medical and health care and corruption - were given 51.4 per cent and 47.9 per cent. Housing ranked almost equal with medical care as a concern, while the environment, education and social welfare were also all in the upper forties. Inflation, however, was marginally less of a concern at 44.3 per cent. Also worrying for the Government will be the news that, both politically and economically, more Hong Kong people feel Mr Patten has undermined their confidence than believe he has boosted their faith in the territory's development. Only 19.9 per cent of respondents said they were more confident politically under Mr Patten than without him, while 30.1 per cent said they were less confident. Similarly, more people (23.1 per cent) said they felt less confident of Hong Kong's economic development since Mr Patten's arrival than felt he had improved confidence (16.4 per cent). However, the news was not all bad. Although the perception of him as a one-issue Governor remained widespread, Mr Patten seemed to have managed to dispel some of the earlier criticism on that score. Mr Patten also managed to score a relatively high popularity rating. With a score of 57.6, he was comfortably ahead of the 45.1 scored by the Director of China's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Lu Ping. Robert Chung Ting-yiu, of Hong Kong University's Social Sciences Research Centre, who conducted the Post survey, said it ''shows people still support Patten much more than his Chinese counterpart, which in a way gives Patten a comfortable edge over theChinese officials if confrontation arises''. But he warned that the poll, which was conducted by telephone among 507 randomly chosen respondents, should not be taken to mean that the general public was in general support of the Governor's first policy speech. In today's poll, when asked how satisfied they remained with Mr Patten's first policy speech, 29.1 per cent pronounced themselves satisfied, although by far the largest proportion said they did not know. Mr Chung said: ''About one year ago, shortly after Patten gave his first policy speech, the satisfaction level was around 40 per cent. Over the year, people have become less enthusiastic about his proposals.'' Commenting on the low priority Hong Kong people gave to political reform, Mr Chung said: ''This shows the general public is getting fed up with the wearing exchanges over political issues and wish the Governor would pay more attention to livelihood issues.'' Assessing Mr Patten's performance for the past year, precisely a third felt he had made his biggest impact on the Sino-Hong Kong relationship, while a further 30.8 per cent said his main impact had been on political development. Votes for his impact on people's livelihood, economic development, performance of government departments or other areas were all less than 10 per cent apiece. Conservative Legislative Councillor James Tien Pei-chun said that when the Governor first proposed his political arrangements for the 1995 elections, people had been supportive and waited to see if China would agree. But when they found China had difficulty accepting the plans, they were less confident.