Public dissatisfaction with Beijing's policy on Hong Kong has risen to a 21-month high, though twice as many respondents to a Chinese University poll approved of its policies as disapproved of them. Of the respondents, 16.6 per cent said they were dissatisfied with Beijing's policy on Hong Kong - the most since January last year, when 21.6 per cent of the respondents found it unsatisfactory. The figure was 2.7 percentage points higher than that recorded in August; however, the finding was within the survey's margin for error of 3.48 per cent. Some 32.5 per cent of respondents were satisfied with Beijing's policy, a 1.4 percentage point drop from August. The tracking poll, which has been conducted every month since the handover in 1997, also showed that the approval ratings of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah, and Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung rose over the past month. The university's Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies interviewed 793 people between Tuesday and Thursday last week. Pollster Shum Kwok-cheung attributed the growth in dissatisfaction to the beating of Hong Kong reporters by police while they were covering unrest in Xinjiang . 'The beating incident and the handling of the case by Xinjiang authorities and local pro-China figures undoubtedly gave a bad impression to Hong Kong people,' Shum said. Lingnan University's public governance programme, meanwhile, polled 605 people about the areas they thought the government had done best and worst in. Some 27.4 per cent said it had done worst on medical services, while 26.4 per cent picked education. Some 23.1 per cent said the government had done best in the area of relations with the central government; a similar proportion said it had not done well in any area. The Chinese University poll found 19.7 per cent of people rated the performance of Donald Tsang's administration as satisfactory, up one percentage point from August - a rise that was well within the survey's margin for error. At the same time, 22.6 per cent rated its performance as unsatisfactory, up 0.7 percentage points from August. On a scale of 0 to 100, the popularity rating of Donald Tsang was 54.1 in the September poll - the highest since August last year, when he scored 56 points. The scores for Tang, John Tsang and Wong were respectively 55.6, 54.9, and 59.4. Their scores in August were, respectively, 54.7, 53, and 58.2. The scores for Tang and John Tsang were also their highest since August last year. Wong's was the best in four months.