The approval ratings of Hong Kong’s newly appointed Home Affairs Secretary have been less than promising, while the Chief Executive’s continue to drop.

The latest results by the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme (HKUPOP) registered Lau Kong-wah’s net popularity ratings at -19 percent. This is the first time that Lau, who was previously under secretary for the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau, was featured in the survey on the government officials’ popularity ratings.

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Home Affair Secretary Lau Kong-wah.

Leung’s approval rating dropped to 39.2 marks, more than five marks below the 45 threshold. The threshold is used as a credibility crisis indicator.

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Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying speaking to media in Beijing. Photo: GovHK

HKUPOP’s latest survey shows that Leung’s approval rate now stands at 21 percent and his disapproval rating now stands at 60 percent, giving him a net popularity of -39 percent.

Other key government officials to suffer dips in popularity include the Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim and Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po who all registered net popularity ratings of -21 and -31 percent respectively.

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(From left to right) Lau Kong-wah, Eddie Ng Hak-kim and Paul Chan Mo-po. Photo: Stand News.

The recent lead water pipe scandal however did little to dent the popularity ratings of Food and Health Secretary Ko Wing-man, who continues to be the most popular government official with a net approval rating of 67 percent.

Financial Secretary John Tsang had a net approval rating of 49 percent, while the Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen had a net popularity rating of 9 percent.

Vicky is a British-born Chinese journalist with three years of experience covering UK politics. She previously worked for PoliticsHome and has interned at Sky News and CNN International. She also co-produced and filmed a documentary about the Hong Kong protests for MSNBC, which won the grand student prize at the 2015 Human Rights Press Awards. She has a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Reading and moved to Hong Kong in 2014 to complete a journalism masters at the University of Hong Kong.