Approval of president’s performance hits new low since May

Public approval of the performance of President Tsai Ing-wen (???) has dropped to the lowest level since she took office May 20, while that of Premier Lin Chuan (??) remains as low as under 30 percent, according to a survey released Friday.

Tsai's performance received a satisfaction rate of 37.6 percent in the Taiwan Indicators Survey Research (TISR) survey, conducted Oct. 11-12, down 0.8 percentage points from the previous survey.

The dissatisfaction rate reached 46.4 percent, an improvement from the previous 48.3 percent, the TISR poll shows.

The satisfaction rate was the lowest to date compared with a 54.6 percent rating by the private survey company conducted in late June.

As for Lin's work, 28.7 percent of the respondents said they are satisfied with the premier's performance, up from 28 percent in the previous poll, while 48 percent said they are not satisfied, down from the previous 53 percent.

Asked about the poll results, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (???) said that "there are different public polls, but we will still take them all as references."

No matter what, the government will do its utmost to promote reforms to meet the high expectations of society, Huang said.

Since May 20, the TISR has conducted surveys on the performance of the new government every six weeks through telephone interviews.

In the latest poll, 1,005 randomly selected people aged 20 or older around Taiwan were interviewed. The results had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel