Hard tumble for Lam popularity

Top News | Staff reporter 29 Apr 2021

Almost seven in 10 Hong Kong residents disapprove of Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor being the chief executive, with nearly two-fifths giving her zero mark in the latest popularity poll.

Only 18 percent of respondents said they have confidence in Lam, out of the 1,004 people that the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute interviewed last week. That was two percentage points lower than the previous poll conducted in early April.

Some 68 percent cast a vote of no-confidence in Lam, making her net popularity at negative 50 percentage points, three points lower than the previous survey.

Lam's net rating was at 32 marks - 1.3 points higher than the last poll. But 39 percent gave her zero mark.

For her government, the net satisfaction rate was negative 40 percentage points, with 59 percent dissatisfied with the government performance, and only 19 percent said they were satisfied.

The net trust value to the government was negative 20 percentage points, with 52 percent saying they distrust the government, while 32 percent said the opposite.

People's satisfaction rates with the current political, livelihood and economic conditions was negative 39, negative 49 and negative 49 percentage points, respectively.

But the net political satisfaction rate has reached a new high since December 2018, with 20 percent satisfied with the current political condition.

Meanwhile, Lam interviewed Wong Yuk-shan, a Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress and a Basic Law Committee member, and the president of Kowloon Federation of Associations, Bunny Chan Chung-bun, in the first two episodes of her new program Get to Know the Election Committee Subsectors, which aired on RTHK TV channel yesterday.

Wong said he believes that members of the Basic Law Committee have been listed as ex-officio members of the 1,500-member Election Committee.

Lam said grassroots representatives have been included in the expanded Election Committee.

Chan said he fully supports the improvements of the electoral system as these will increase the broadness of the committee and balance representation.

Separately, Executive Councillor Ronny Tong Ka-wah supported Lam to be the city's leader for five more years, saying she can do a better job if she stays.

In an interview with ThinkHK, a pro-establishment online media platform founded by former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, Tong said Lam is "the most open" compared to her three predecessors.

"The devil you know better than the devil you don't," he said.

He said although Lam has many shortcomings, she also has a lot of strengths.

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