Public confidence in the chief executive has reached a record low after a continual drop over the past few months, a University of Hong Kong survey has found. Continuing the downward trend since June, those expressing confidence in Donald Tsang Yam-kuen slipped one point further from early this month to 64 per cent last week. The figure has fallen from 75 per cent in early June, the study by the university's Public Opinion Programme found. Those who thought the chief executive was doing a good job fell from 65 per cent in February to 62 per cent this month. Those who felt the contrary remained at 5 per cent. The downward trend was echoed in a survey by the Chinese University's Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies on Monday. This study saw Mr Tsang's score fall from 68.9 out of 100 in April to a new low of 65.9 this month. Public Opinion Programme director Robert Chung Ting-yiu said: 'Although still a high figure, it is nevertheless a record low since Mr Tsang took office.' About 53 per cent of the 1,019 respondents in the University of Hong Kong survey were happy with Mr Tsang's policy direction, up from 51 per cent in mid-February. The Chief Executive's Office said Mr Tsang would respect the public's assessment of his performance. The University of Hong Kong survey also found that 48 per cent of respondents were satisfied with the government's performance. Despite a slight increase of one percentage point from July, the satisfaction level is still behind the June level at 53 per cent, while dissatisfaction crept up one point to 13 per cent over the past month. The survey has a sampling error of plus or minus 3 per cent with a confidence level at 95 per cent.