The government’s approval rating has dropped over the last six months, according to a survey conducted by the Macau New Vision Association on June 21-22 and quoted by The Macau Post Daily today.
The survey has been conducted every six months since June 2010 and uses a sample pool of 1,038 Macau residents over the age of 18.
The findings show that after a significant rise from 3.64 percent in June to 32.17 percent in December last year, the government’s approval rating has since fallen to 15.61 percent last month.
When asked by researchers about their attitudes towards the government’s performance, 54.6 percent of the respondents had “no comment”, 26.8 percent were “satisfied” and 1.7 percent were “very satisfied”, while 9.8 percent and 3.1 percent respectively gave “unsatisfied” and “very unsatisfied” ratings.
Compared to the last survey, this marked a 12.4 percent decline in the number of respondents who viewed the government positively and a 4.1 increase in those that had rated the government’s performance negatively.
Moreover, the approval rating of the chief executive has decreased slightly from 60.72 points six months ago to 58.49 points last month. The rating ranges from 0 (complete disapproval) to 100 (complete approval).
Meanwhile, approval ratings of Macau’s five policy secretaries also dipped compared to those in the last survey. At 61.96 points, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Cheong U enjoyed the highest rating, followed by Secretary for Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen with 60.06 points, Secretary for Security Cheong Kuoc Va with 58.18 points, while Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io and Secretary for Administration and Justice Florinda da Rosa Silva Chan respectively had just 53.35 and 50.28 points.(macaunews)