Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s net approval rating has dropped eight percentage points, according to the results of the latest survey published by the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme (HKUPOP).

HKUPOP interviewed 1,013 Hongkongers between July 18-21 through random telephone surveys and found that Leung’s net approval rating was -44 per cent, compared to -36 per cent at the beginning of the month.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. File

The rating of Leung’s performance remained the same, at 40.1, but votes of no confidence in Leung increased to 63 per cent from 58 per cent at the beginning of the month. Votes of confidence also dropped 3 per cent to 19 per cent.

Meanwhile, the government also saw its net satisfaction rate drop to -28 per cent, compared to -22 per cent in June.

Frank Wai-Kin Lee, the research manager of HKUPOP, said that their “in-depth analysis shows that the younger and the more educated the respondents, the more critical they are of CY Leung as [Chief Executive] in terms of both support rate and rating.”

Leung Chun-ying props at a July 1 protest. File Photo: HKFP, Tom Grundy.

80 per cent of those with tertiary education or above were opposed to Leung as the Chief Executive, 17 percentage points higher than 63 per cent opposed across all education levels. Meanwhile, 90 per cent of those between the ages of 18-29 opposed Leung, compared to the overall figure of 62 per cent across all ages.

The survey is one in a series which examines the popularity of the Chief Executive and that of the government.

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.