Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s approval ratings have dropped to a new low, according to the latest results in a poll by the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme (HKUPOP) released on Tuesday.

The poll registered Leung’s support rating at 38.5 points, marking the lowest score he has had since he took office in 2012.

The latest score is slightly lower than the last time Leung’s rating dropped to a low point—38.9—which he received in October 2014 when the pro-democracy Occupy movement was in its first month.

File Photo. Photo: Gov HK.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Gov HK.

The survey also showed that Leung’s approval rating now stands at 22 percent while his disapproval rating is at 62 percent, giving him a net popularity of -39 percent.

Under the 18-29 age group, 81 percent of respondents said that they opposed to Leung being the Chief Executive. Meanwhile, 71 percent of respondents who have had tertiary education or above also said the same.

HKUPOP also published the ratings of the Hong Kong government, whose popularity has plunged since last month. Its net satisfaction rate now stands at -29 percent, dropping 16 percent from last month.

The opinion poll interviewed 1,005 people from August 21 to 27.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.