The Civic Party has replaced the Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) to become the city's most popular political group, the latest University of Hong Kong poll shows, attributing the change to the chief executive election. The Democratic Party, which is co-organising challenger Alan Leong Kah-kit's campaign, made the biggest gain in the poll of 1,000 respondents, jumping four places to fourth place in the top 10. All other political groups registered a drop in popularity since the last poll in mid-November. The FTU, which had held top position since last May, saw the greatest decline, with a drop of 1.9 percentage points, allowing the Civic Party, previously second, to take its place, despite it seeing a drop of 0.4 points. The Democratic Party was the only one to gain in popularity, with an increase of 1.6 points. Director of the university's Public Opinion Programme Robert Chung Ting-yiu attributed the Civic Party's rise to the election. The League of Social Democrats, formed last May, did not make it into the top 10 because of its low recognition rate.