Former Equal Opportunities Commission Chairperson Lam Woon-kwong is Hong Kong’s most popular Executive Council member – and the only one to attain a rating above 50 marks, according to the latest study by The University of Hong Kong Public Opinion Programme (HKUPOP).

HKUPOP conducted a survey in February and March to find the top five most popular Executive Councillors. In the first stage of the survey, 1,006 respondents were asked to name up to five Executive Council non-official members – of which there are 14 in total – whom they knew best.

Lam Woon-kwong. Photo: Wikicommons.

It was found that New People’s Party Chairwoman Regina Ip had, at 18 percent, the highest recognition rate; pro-Beijing DAB Chairwoman Starry Lee placed second with an 8 percent recognition rate. The survey noted that 14 percent of the respondents made mistakes while citing Executive Council non-official members, and 65 percent had no idea who they were.

During the second stage, 1,004 respondents were then asked to rate the non-official members using a 0-100 scale. Lam, current convenor of the Executive Council, placed first, while Ip took second place.

Regina Ip. Photo: Apple Daily.

In third to fifth places were Starry Lee, former Secretary for Education and Manpower Fanny Law, and University of Hong Kong Council Chairperson Arthur Li.

The rankings of all five Executive Council members were the same as that of the last surveys, which took place last August and September. However, in terms of absolute ratings, Lam, who attained 53.1 marks, was the only Executive Councillor who scored above 50 marks.

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Starry Lee. File Photo: Stand News.

In order to allow readers to take note of the factors that could have potentially affected the polling figures, HKUPOP also listed significant events that took place since the last survey in its “Opinion Daily” section.

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Civic Party member Alvin Yeung’s win at the Legislative Council by-elections, the 2016 Budget Speech, the protest in Mong Kok earlier last month, and Arthur Li’s accusation that Civic Party was manipulating students, were some of the events that were listed.


Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.