40.6% satisfied with President Tsai’s performance: survey

A survey published by a local think tank on Thursday revealed that 40.6 percent of people polled are satisfied with President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) performance, down 7.9 percentage points from her first 100 days in office.

In comparison, 42.8 percent said they are not satisfied, up 4.4 percentage points, the Taiwan Thinktank said.

This is the first time the president’s disapproval rating has been higher than her approval rate in one of the think tank’s surveys.

Tsai’s approval rating is now 11.8 percentage points lower than the 52.4 percent polled when she took office on May 20.

The think tank’s polling director, Chou Yung-hong (周永鴻), said that in terms of demographics those aged 20-29 (51.6 percent) and over 60 (42.6 percent) were more satisfied with President Tsai, while those in between were less satisfied.

Asked about Premier Lin Chuan (林全), 36.5 percent of respondents said they are satisfied with his performance compared with 46.4 percent who said they are not satisfied, the difference widening to almost 10 percentage points.

Asked about the recent meeting between Kuomintang Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪 秀柱 ) and Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) in Beijing, 46.9 percent of the those polled said recognition of the “1992 consensus” should not be a prerequisite in handling cross-strait relations.

Younger and better educated respondents believe even more strongly that Taiwan is under no obligation to recognize the “1992 consensus,” which as promoted by the previous Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) administration refers to a tacit agreement between Taiwan and China on “One China,” with each side free to interpret its meaning.

The poll showed that 32.6 percent of respondents were satisfied with Hung’s performance in her meeting with Xi, whereas 38 percent were not.

Only 34.3 percent said they support Hung’s policy on cross-strait relations, compared with 51.4 percent who said they do not approve.

On moves in the Legislature to amend Taiwan’s Civil Code and legalize same-sex marriage, 47.8 percent expressed support, but 41.7 percent were opposed.

Taiwan think tank commissioned Trend Survey & Research Co. to conduct the poll from Nov. 4-6. A total of 1,069 effective samples were collected with a margin of error of plus and minus three percentage points.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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