More people lost confidence in the chief executive after his unprecedented policy U-turn over the old age allowance than those who gained confidence, a University of Hong Kong survey has found. Around 22 per cent of 1,015 respondents said they had lost confidence in Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, compared with 18 per cent who said their confidence had increased. However, 59 per cent said they had no change in confidence after the U-turn. In his policy address, Mr Tsang suggested a means test for the old age allowance without promising to raise what is known as 'fruit money' to HK$1,000 despite overwhelming support for the increase. Nine days later, citing overwhelming negative reaction to his proposal, he announced he would raise 'fruit money' to HK$1,000 for everyone entitled to it but people aged 65-69 would still need a means test. Observers said it was the only move Mr Tsang could make given the negative reaction, but were surprised by such a swift change, suggesting this could undermine his executive authority. Mr Tsang's popularity continued to fall despite the U-turn. A survey yesterday showed both satisfaction and dissatisfaction rates over the policy address increased since the previous survey. The satisfaction rate has risen by 5 percentage points to 24 per cent, while dissatisfaction rose by 4 percentage points to 35 per cent. The margin of error for the survey was plus or minus 3 per cent.