Public trust in the Hong Kong government has reached a post-handover high, and confidence in the city's future has also increased, since Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen delivered his policy address, a University of Hong Kong survey found. The poll of 1,009 respondents interviewed last week found public trust in the government had risen by five percentage points from August's figure, to 62 per cent, well above the previous record of 57.6 per cent in September 1997, when hopes for Tung Chee-hwa's first administration were still high. Confidence in Hong Kong's future also increased slightly, to 74 per cent. Half the respondents said they trusted Beijing, a four-percentage-point rise from August. Twenty-one per cent of respondents did not, a drop of five percentage points. Robert Chung Ting-yiu, director of the university's public opinion programme, said that despite the shift of public feeling in favour of the government, it could not afford to be complacent. It was still less popular than the pre-handover government.