HKU POP: Public Sentiment Index drops to lowest since Leung took officeBack


Press Release on May 16, 2013

| Background | Latest Figures |Commentary |
| Next PSI Release (Tentative) |Reference Materials on Survey on PSI |
| Detailed Findings (Public Sentiment Index Feature Page) |


Background

The Public Sentiment Index (PSI) compiled by Public Opinion Programme (POP) aims at quantifying Hong Kong people’s sentiments, in order to explain and predict the likelihood of collective behaviour. PSI comprises 2 components: one being Government Appraisal (GA) Score and the other being Society Appraisal (SA) Score. GA refers to peoples’ appraisal of society’s governance while SA refers to peoples’ appraisal of the social environment. Both GA and SA scores are compiled from a variety of opinion survey figures. All PSI, GA and SA scores range between 0 to 200, with 100 meaning normal, the grading reference of the scores are shown below. For methodological detailed please refer to the HKU POP Site at http://hkupop.hku.hk.


POP started to pilot study the “Public Sentiment Index” in year 2010 in collaboration with NowTV. The first survey was conducted in June 2010, followed by a series of monthly tracking surveys in 2011. There were altogether 13 surveys, covered by 11 releases from March 2011 to January 2012. All results have been uploaded to the POP Site.

 

At the end of June 2012, before the 15th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong, POP officially released a “PSI analysis” with figures dating back to 1992, spanning over 20 years. Moreover, the frequency of the study was set at twice a month. In October 2012, echoing the start of a new Legislative Council, POP decided to set the cut-off date of all PSI analyses at the Sunday proceeding every 15th and last day of month, whereas the release date was set at the first Thursday following the cut-off date, except under special circumstances.

 

Cut-off date of the PSI figures released by POP today is May 12, 2013, while that of the next round of release will be May 26, 2013. The tentative release date for the next release will be May 31, 2013 (Friday).




Latest Figures

The PSI released by POP today shows that as of May 12, 2013, the latest Public Sentiment Index (PSI) is 71.9, dropping 6.8 from late-April. As for the Government Appraisal (GA) and Society Appraisal (SA), the scores are 84.6 and 75.2, down 6.9 and 3.2 respectively. The monthly average charts of PSI, GA and SA are shown below:



Latest figure

Public Sentiment Index
(PSI):
71.9 (-6.8)

Government Appraisal
(GA): 84.6 (-6.9)

Society Appraisal
(SA): 75.2 (-3.2)

Monthly average
(Interim figure)

Public Sentiment Index
(PSI):
71.9 (-6.2)

Government Appraisal
(GA): 84.6 (-5.9)

Society Appraisal
(SA): 75.2 (-3.2)


As for the meaning of the score values, please refer to the following:

Score value

Percentile

Score value

Percentile

140-200

Highest 1%

0-60

Lowest 1%

125

Highest 5%

75

Lowest 5%

120

Highest 10%

80

Lowest 10%

110

Highest 25%

90

Lowest 25%

100 being normal level, meaning half above half below


Recent PSI, GA and SA figures are tabulated as follows:

Release date

1/3/13

14/3/13

28/3/13

18/4/13

3/5/13

16/5/13

Latest change

Cut-off date

24/2/13

10/3/13

24/3/13

14/4/13

28/4/13

12/5/13

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Public Sentiment Index (PSI)

75.8

80.8

84.7

77.5

78.8

71.9

-6.8

Government Appraisal (GA)

88.4

90.6

96.2

89.6

91.5

84.6

-6.9

Society Appraisal (SA)

77.3[1]

82.5

82.5[1]

78.5

78.5[1]

75.2

-3.2

[1] Starting from 2013, POP will adopt the latest published “SA score” directly for those periods with no new data collected for the “SA” related topics.

Recent average PSI, GA and SA figures per month are tabulated as follows:

 

Per month figure

3/13

4/13

5/13 (Interim figure)

Latest change

Public Sentiment Index (PSI)

82.7

78.1

71.9

-6.2

Government Appraisal (GA)

93.4

90.5

84.6

-5.9

Society Appraisal (SA)

82.5

78.5

75.2

-3.2




Commentary

Jazz Ma, IT Manager of Public Opinion Programme, observed, “Hong Kong’s Public Sentiment Index has dropped to the lowest point since CE CY Leung took office, at 71.9 only. The monthly PSI is about 3 points lower than the time near the end of former CE Donald Tsang’s office. In terms of separate half-monthly measurements, the PSI registered a slight increase in late April, soon overtaken by a big drop in mid-May. This means peoples’ appraisal of overall governance and social environment have both become more negative. As for the reasons affecting the ups and downs of these figures, we leave it to our readers to form their own judgment using detailed records displayed in the ‘Opinion Daily’ of our POP Site.”



Next PSI Release (Tentative)
  • May 31, 2013 (Friday) 1pm to 2pm


Reference Materials on Survey on PSI

Please refer to the HKU POP Site at http://hkupop.hku.hk.


| Background | Latest Figures |Commentary |
| Next PSI Release (Tentative) |Reference Materials on Survey on PSI |
| Detailed Findings (Public Sentiment Index Feature Page) |