As the third term of the Legislative Council ended last month, people's dissatisfaction with the work of lawmakers reached the highest level in two years, a poll showed. The University of Hong Kong poll yesterday disclosed that 29 per cent said they were discontented with the legislators' overall performance, a significant 6 percentage points higher than three months ago. The dissatisfaction rate is now higher than the satisfaction rate for the first time since the end of last year. The satisfaction rate was 26 per cent, a statistically insignificant increase of 1 percentage point. Political analysts said the dissatisfaction could be attributed to fierce quarrels during the election campaign and television debates. Ivan Choy Chi-keung, a political scientist at Chinese University, said the poll reflected the fact that people were disappointed by some incumbents' performances during the campaign. He said the drop could also be related to continued frustration over Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and his administration, considering that many might think lawmakers could not redress the government's blunders. 'To finish the term with a high dissatisfaction rate certainly is not a good thing, but it's now in the past,' Professor Choy said. Another political scientist, Ma Ngok, also of Chinese University, said such polls usually reflected people's immediate perceptions of lawmakers, and that the adjournment of the Legco term over the summer might explain the drop. 'When lawmakers switched focus to the election over the past few months, people might have thought that they were not working,' Professor Ma said. Both analysts said political reality put restrictions on what changes lawmakers could make, which explained why dissatisfaction had prevailed since the handover. Pollster Robert Chung Ting-yiu said the result did not directly represent individual lawmakers' performances. HKU's public opinion programme interviewed 1,003 respondents two weeks ago and the survey had a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The poll said the satisfaction rate for the police force stood at 70 per cent in the past three months, a 12 percentage point drop from a year ago.