SCMP Friday, September 8, 2000

Tung 'losing ground on top officials'


The gap between Tung Chee-hwa and his senior officials in terms of public satisfaction has widened, according to a survey.
Those satisfied with the Chief Executive dropped from 38 per cent in April to 32 per cent last month, the lowest since January 1998. Dissatisfaction surged to a peak of 56 per cent.
Satisfaction ratings for Chief Secretary for Administration Anson Chan Fang On-sang rose from 61 to 73 per cent during the period while Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's moved up from 65 to 78 per cent.
Satisfaction in Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie remained low at 28 per cent, but those unhappy with her performance rose from 49 to 56 per cent during the period.
Conducted by academics from Baptist University and the University of Hong Kong, the survey by the Hong Kong Transition Project covered 1,057 people polled by random telephone sampling.
Those discontented with the Government's overall performance rose to the highest level in seven years, increasing eight points up to 61 per cent. Satisfaction fell nine points to 30, the lowest since 1993.
The findings echoed the results of a similar government survey carried out by the Home Affairs Bureau in July.
Yu Wing-yat, one of the project researchers, said the popularity drop for Mr Tung was attributed to growing discontent over his policy reforms.
A spokeswoman for the Chief Executive's Office said opinion polls were monitored regularly to gauge views on issues of concern, and the public would continue to be consulted widely.