Popularity gap with Donald Tsang continues to widen Public support for Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's re-election is expected to rise after Anson Chan Fang On-sang ruled herself out of the chief executive race, a Chinese University pollster says. Mr Tsang continues to outstrip Mrs Chan, the former chief secretary, by almost 33 percentage points in the latest popularity poll by the university's Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies. Pollster Timothy Wong Ka-ying said the gap had been widening over the past few months, from 29 percentage points in July to 32.7 this month. Mr Tsang received support from 56.5 per cent of the 823 respondents for a second term, while Mrs Chan's support shrank by 1.4 percentage points from last month to 23.8 per cent. The survey was conducted from Wednesday to Friday last week. Mrs Chan announced her decision not to run on Saturday. The sampling error was plus or minus 3.42 per cent with a 95 per cent confidence level. Mr Wong believed Mr Tsang's support would continue to rise following Mrs Chan's decision. The public impression of Mr Tsang being the ultimate choice would be strengthened further, he said. He believed that Mrs Chan would have considered running if opinion polls showed she was equally popular, adding that she had been too inactive over the past year while Mr Tsang continued to enjoy regular media exposure. The institute would poll Civic Party legislator Alan Leong Kah-kit's rating if there were more signs that he would run against Mr Tsang. The survey showed the public was sharply divided over a possible Legislative Council election campaign by Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee. The former security chief has not ruled out running in the 2008 poll. Those saying they would not vote for her accounted for 44.1 per cent, compared with 39.9 per cent who supported her. Sixteen per cent did not give a specific reply.