The popularity of the chief executive appears to have taken another beating with a new poll placing him as a "depressing performer."
The poll, conducted earlier this month by the University of Hong Kong Public Opinion Programme, shows the popularity of Leung Chun-ying slumping to a record low, although Chief Secretary of Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor suffered the biggest slide.
The rating for Leung slid 1.8 marks from the last survey held in January to just 46.3.
The POP found that 53percent of 1,005 respondents, polled through a telephone survey on the first six days of this month, do not think Leung should be chief executive while a third said he should.
This gives him a net popularity of negative 22percentage points, and places him in the "depressing performer" category.
The poll was taken after Lew Mon-hung, a former member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, accused Leung in a weekly magazine, iSunAffairs, of lying about illegal structures at his home on The Peak and reneging on a promise to give him a seat on the Executive Council.
However, the POP expects Leung's popularity to fall even further following his threat to sue Lian Yi- zheng for libel for his article in the Hong Kong Economic Journal.
Despite her slide, Lam remains the most popular official with 60.6 marks, a slide of 2.8.
Her approval rate was 57percent with only 9percent against.
Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah scored 57.8 marks, up 0.1, and Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok- keung had 47.8, down 2.5.
Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man achieved the highest support, with 75percent giving him the thumbs-up and just 7percent disagreeing, a net popularity of 68percent - or a drop of 8 percentage points compared with the last survey. He was classified as an "ideal performer."
Runner-up was Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung with a net popularity of 43percent, or a drop of 2 percentage points.
The net popularity of Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok stood at 42percent, a slight increase of a percentage point.
The highest increase in net popularity went to Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing who rose 9 percentage points to 18percent.
Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim and Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po remained at negative popularity with minus 19 percent and minus 29 percent respectively.