As Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen prepares for his policy address next month, he can take heart from a generally positive environment. The political climate is calm, he enjoys relatively high levels of popularity and, crucially, the economy is doing well. But there is no room for complacency. This newspaper's survey of 726 opinion leaders, published today, shows that while respondents are generally happy with the chief executive's economic policies, especially with regard to integration with the mainland, there are many other areas in which they expect the government to improve. It reveals that, within this influential sector of the community, there is underlying dissatisfaction with key aspects of the government's performance. Policies seen as being the most urgent are those related to making Hong Kong a better place in which to work and live. Improving the environment, easing poverty, and furthering health-care reform were among those seen as urgent matters by an overwhelming majority of respondents. The survey also suggests there is room for improvement with regard to governance issues, including greater transparency and better public participation. This is an area in which Mr Tsang should be doing more. Interestingly, more than half thought Mr Tsang's first policy address had failed to identify our city's most pressing issues; 66 per cent did not believe his policy blueprint found solutions to those problems. He will be expected to better articulate his plans this time. Only 10 months of Mr Tsang's two-year term remain. It may be tempting for the chief executive to argue that this policy address is, therefore, not one in which he can outline his strategy for the future. But he should not back away from initiatives, even those which are long-term. There is a need for concrete policy proposals to meet the many challenges Hong Kong faces. Mr Tsang should also bear in mind that this will be his last policy address before the chief executive election next year, when he is expected to be the frontrunner. The community will therefore expect him to outline the thinking that is likely to form the basis of his election campaign. He has enjoyed high levels of popularity since his appointment. But polls show these have been slipping in recent months. In our survey, only 52 per cent of respondents backed Mr Tsang for a second term. While this is far above the 35 per cent approval rating of Mr Tung's low point, the figure suggests that Mr Tsang should not rest on his laurels. Before drafting his speech, Mr Tsang is involved in a wide-ranging consultative process. He has declared the environment to be a priority, but more concrete measures are necessary, especially on air pollution. Consultation has started on health reform, although the important second stage on funding has been postponed. There is a need to get this back on track quickly. The poverty commission, meanwhile, has been widely criticised for its failure to get to grips with the problem. It is notable that while only 20 per cent of respondents thought the government's progress on universal suffrage was either good or excellent, the issue was relatively low down the list of policies respondents regarded as urgent. This is, no doubt, partly because little can be achieved on the constitutional reform front in the near future. Indeed, no electoral reforms can take effect until 2012. But this is, nonetheless, a matter which Hong Kong people care deeply about. Mr Tsang should use the policy address to provide an update on constitutional reform and to provide more details of his plan for the way ahead. Action is needed on a wide range of issues including education, health, welfare, planning, the environment and political reform. The chief executive should listen carefully to the views expressed before his policy address but be prepared to take tough decisions. A clear vision for Hong Kong's future is needed. A buoyant economy alone is not enough.