Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) A survey of eligible voters in Taipei City found that incumbent Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) enjoys a lead over all the candidates who have so far thrown their hat in the mayoral race ring regardless of whether the ruling Democratic Progressive Party chooses to back him or not.
The Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation revealed the results of its survey Saturday which found that 54.6 percent of respondents were satisfied with Ko's performance as mayor while 39.4 percent were not.
With a majority of voters in the city approving of his performance, Ko is heading into this year's November mayoral election as the front runner, with the survey showing that in a race against the Kuomintang's Ting Shou-chung (???) and the DPP's Pasuya Yao (???), Ko would receive 47.6 percent support, followed by Ting with 25.2 percent and Yao at 15.6 percent.
If the DPP decides to nominate its own candidate from the three who have declared their intention to run -- former vice president Annette Lu (???), Su Huan-chi (???) and Yao -- Yao is the most popular with 38 percent support, followed by Lu at 21 percent and Su with 10.3 percent.
A total of 37.3 percent of respondents think the DPP should nominate its own candidate, while 31.9 percent said the party should back Ko and 30.9 percent had no opinion.
If the DPP chooses to back Ko and not nominate its own candidate, the incumbent mayor would receive 54.7 percent of the votes while the KMT's Ting would get 31.1 percent according to the survey.
These figures are in line with the party divide in the city, where 34 percent polled identified as independent, 32.2 percent as DPP and 28.9 percent as KMT.
The telephone survey was conducted from Feb. 24-25, involved 1,070 Taipei City-registered adults and had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel