Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s popularity rating has dropped by 5.2 points since early July, according to the results of the latest survey published by the University of Hong Kong.

The university’s Public Opinion Programme (HKUPOP) interviewed 817 people by phone between 17 and 20 July. It found that Lam’s popularity rating had fallen to 58.5 marks, compared to 63.7 between July 3 and 6.

Lam’s latest approval rating stands at 50 per cent, with a disapproval rating of 35 per cent.

Carrie Lam’s support rating at the beginning and end of July. Photo: HKUPOP.

“Indepth analysis shows that the younger and the more educated the respondents, the more critical they are of Carrie Lam as CE in terms of both support rate and rating,” Frank Lee, the research manager of HKUPOP, said.

53 per cent of respondents with tertiary education or above were opposed to Lam as the chief executive.

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The survey found that the public dissatisfaction rate at the government’s performance had increased by two points to 41 per cent. The rate of distrust in the government had also risen from 33 per cent to 36 per cent.

Levels of dissatisfaction surrounding the current political situation increased by six points, with 66 per cent of respondents indicating their disapproval.

The satisfaction rate surrounding the current economic situation increased by seven points, from 30 per cent to 37 per cent. Meanwhile, the dissatisfaction rate at the current livelihood condition remained largely unchanged, rising by one point to 52 per cent.

Results of the Public Sentiment Index. Photo: HKUPOP.

HKUPOP also released the results of the Public Sentiment Index (PSI), a separate figure aimed at quantifying Hong Kong people’s sentiments in order to explain and predict the likelihood of collective behaviour.

HKUPOP found that the city’s PSI had decreased by six points, falling to 103.0. This drop occurred after a record PSI score of 109.1 was recorded in early July.


Jun Pang

Jun Pang is an independent writer and researcher. She has previously worked in NGOs advocating for refugees' and migrants' rights in Asia and Europe.