President Tsai Ing-wen has been in office for almost a year, and a new survey shows she has a 41% approval rate of her performance. Meanwhile 53% disapprove of her performance. The survey was done by Taiwan ThinkTank, an organization aligned with Tsai's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
DPP Lawmaker Wang Ding-yu explains why some people are not satisfied with Tsai.
"The dissatisfied people have two completely different stances, so that's what President Tsai Ing-wen and her administration are facing. Some support her reforms but think she is moving too slow. Others oppose the reforms altogether. These two groups make the disapproval rate higher, but they have totally different stances," Wang said.
In questions about Taiwan's next local elections, the poll found that 34% would prefer DPP candidates, 24% Kuomintang (KMT) candidates and 14% independent candidates. As for people's impressions of political parties, 39% have a good impression of the DPP, 30% of the New Power Party and 25% of the KMT.
The poll also asked about the next presidential election in 2020, pitting Tsai Ing-wen against hypothetical challengers Foxconn CEO Terry Guo and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu.
Tsai would receive 38% of the votes, Guo 30% and Chu 15%. In another hypothetical race between Tsai, Chu and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, Tsai would lead with 32%. Chu would receive 26% and Ko 22% of the votes.
The survey was conducted from May 13 to May 15 with over 1200 persons and a margin of error of nearly 3%.
Source: Radio Taiwan International