A new survey published by the University of Hong Kong Public Opinion Programme on Thursday once again rated Jasper Tsang Yok-sing as Hong Kong’s most popular Legislative Councillor – a title he has held for 13 consecutive polls.

With a support rating of 63.1 per cent, Tsang’s approval rating rose by 3.4 percentage points since the last survey in January. Coming in second was New People’s Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee with 49.6 per cent, followed by Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit with 48.2 percent and DAB chairwoman Starry Lee Wai-king with a 45.6 per cent approval rating.

Since the last survey, Tsang and League of Social Democrats’ Chairman “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung have been featured in a ViuTV television programme that aired on April 6th, where the two arch-rivals travelled across Poland while discussing Hong Kong, politics, love and alcohol.

Disappearing from the top 10 were Liberal Party’s James Tien Pei-chun and New People’s Party deputy chairman Michael Tien Puk-sun, who were second and third in the rankings in January but failed to make even the top 12. Both were replaced by Leong and the Labour Party’s Lee Cheuk-yan, who returned to the top 10 after falling out in January.

The most recent survey for the top 10 Legislative Councillors. Relevant rankings are in bold. Photo: HKUPOP.

The double stage survey was conducted by the Public Opinion Programme with 1,006 random telephone surveys. In the first stage, respondents are first asked to name up to ten legislators whom they know best. The 12 most common answers are then moved to the second stage, where respondents rated each legislator on a scale of 0-100, with 0 meaning no support and 100 meaning full support.

All ratings are published with a maximum sampling error falling between +/- 1.7 and 2.7 at a 95% confidence level, with the response rate to the survey being 69%.

Isaac Cheung

Isaac Cheung is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. During the Occupy Central protests, Isaac worked as an editor and reporter at LIVE: Verified Updates, a bilingual news page founded and maintained by HKU journalism students. He has also worked at Coconuts Hong Kong as a reporter.