HKU POP tonight will release the Budget instant survey results via Apple Daily Back

February 27, 2019

Since 1998, the Public Opinion Programme (POP) at The University of Hong Kong has been conducting Budget instant surveys every year. Starting 2008, we split up previous years’ instant survey into two surveys. In our first survey, we measure people’s overall appraisal of the Budget, their rating of the Budget, and FS’s popularity. In our second survey, we focus on people’s reactions towards different government proposals, their satisfaction with the government’s fiscal policies, and other relevant issues. Starting from July 2017, other than using landline samples, POP introduced mobile numbers in all its regular surveys to become mixed mode samples, initially at one-fifth of all samples, now increased to one-third. For instant surveys, on top of the mixed mode random samples described, an equal number of “panel samples” would be added. These are pre-selected random samples who have agreed to be re-interviewed on the survey day. Moreover, “effective response rate” would be used to describe all samples. As for the weighting method, all data would be rim-weighted according to latest figures provided by the Census and Statistics Department regarding the gender, age, educational attainment and economic activity status distribution of the Hong Kong population.

This year, our instant survey on the Budget will begin at 1pm this afternoon, involving around 60 telephone interviewers. Once finished, results will be released via Apple Daily the media sponsor for public consumption, at around 10pm. The questions asked in the instant survey include: “How satisfied are you with the Budget announced by the Financial Secretary today?”, “Please use a scale of 0-100 to rate your degree of satisfaction of the Budget delivered by FS Paul Chan today, with 0 indicating very dissatisfied, 100 indicating very satisfied and 50 indicating half-half.”, “Please use a scale of 0-100 to rate your extent of support to FS Paul Chan, with 0 indicating absolutely not supportive, 100 indicating absolutely supportive and 50 indicating half-half.” and “If you had the right to vote on the reappointment or dismissal of Paul Chan as the Financial Secretary tomorrow, how would you vote?” Detailed results will be released via our website “POP Site” ( around noon tomorrow (February 28).

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