Survey: Chief Executive John Lee’s Initial Popularity Ranks With Lowest in History

Only 32 percent of interviewees are satisfied with the current Hong Kong  government.
By Ying Cheung
Ying Cheung
Ying Cheung
August 9, 2022 Updated: August 9, 2022

Latest Hong Kong Public Opinions findings, John Lee Ka-chiu’s popularity rating is 53.8, which ties with Leung Chun-ying for being the lowest among all past and incumbent Chief Executives at the beginning of their terms.

The general public’s satisfaction rate and trust in the government have improved, returning to the level of before the anti-extradition campaign in 2019.

The latest public opinion survey shows that the score for Chief Executive John Lee Ka-Chiu is 53.8 (out of 100). Among those surveyed, 12 percent of the respondents gave Lee zero out of 10 points. In addition, on the Hong Kong government as a whole, the latest satisfaction rate was 32 percent, with the dissatisfaction rate at 43 percent, a net satisfaction rate of minus 11 percent. It would imply, on an overall basis, somewhere between “somewhat not satisfied” and “50-50.”

The survey was conducted by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute (HKPORI) from July 4 to 7, via telephone interviews with 1,003 randomly selected Hong Kong residents. According to the survey, Lee’s first score after taking office was 53.8, which is the same as that of Leung Chun-ying after taking office in 2012.

For the first time after taking office, Donald Tsang Yum-kuen had the highest score of 71.4 percent. Tung Chee-hwa and Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor scored 64.1 percent and 63.6 percent, respectively.

Lee Ka-chiu’s score in March 2022 when he was still Chief Secretary for Administration was only 34.8 percent, which was also the lowest since he took office as Chief Secretary for Administration in mid-2021.

So Lee’s score has improved since the March poll.

As for the popularity of the Hong Kong government as a whole, the latest satisfaction rating is 32 percent, with the dissatisfaction rate at 43 percent, a net satisfaction rate of negative 11 percentage points, which is between “fairly dissatisfied” and “50-50.”

In average quantitative terms, it is equivalent to 2.7 (out of 10) points.

In terms of trustworthiness, the latest survey found that 47 percent of people trust the government, while those that distrust is at 31 percent, with a net trust value of positive 16 percentage points.

Compared with past similar surveys conducted by the HKPORI, the public’s satisfaction rate with the government in May was 19 percent, and the dissatisfaction rate was as high as 59 percent, with a negative net value of 40 percentage points. On government trust, the value was minus 11 percentage points.

Ying Cheung