President’s approval rating returns to above 50%

President Tsai Ing-wen's (???) job approval rating has rebounded to 50.6 percent, while 67.1 percent of the respondents to a recent poll said that Tsai should call a weekly policy coordination meeting, according to the survey results released Sunday.

According to the poll released by Taiwan Style Foundation (??????), a local think tank, 50.6 percent of the respondents said they were satisfied with Tsai's performance, up by 1.6 percentage points from the previous survey.

Meanwhile, 45.2 percent expressed disapproval of Tsai performance, up by 1.9 percentage points from the previous poll.

It reveals that 60.5 percent of those polled said they have faith in her administration in the future, while 35.5 percent voiced an opposing view.

The poll also shows that 67.1 percent of the respondents support the idea of Tsai calling a weekly policy coordination meeting meant to allow government heads to determine the direction of major policies, while 22.4 percent said there is no need for such meetings.

According to the poll, 52.7 percent agree that as the president is directly elected, she should actually take the leading role in getting things done instead of "retreating to a second line of duty," while 38.2 percent think the president should obey the Constitution and should not direct government departments on how to carry out their duties.

Meanwhile, 53.4 percent of the respondents said that Tsai's convening of policy coordination meetings would be consistent with the Constitution, compared to 27 percent who expressed the opposite opinion.

The survey also shows that 50.9 percent of respondents disapproved of Premier Lin Chuan's (??) performance, compared to 40.4 percent who reported that they were satisfied with the premier's showing.

In addition, 47 percent of those polled expressed faith in Lin's ability to lead the administration in the future, while 45 percent did not.

However, 61.9 percent said Lin should not step down from his position, while 26.5 percent disagreed.

The poll was carried out Oct. 18-19 among 1,028 respondents, with a confidence interval of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 3.06 percentage points.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel