TAIPEI, Taiwan — More than 60 percent of respondents to a recent poll are dissatisfied with President Ma Ying-jeou’s performance and nearly 80 percent think the Cabinet should be reshuffled, according to the results of a survey released yesterday by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
The figure included 49.4 percent of those polled who said they are in favor of a “partial reshuffle” and 30 percent in support of a “major reshuffle.” Only 9.3 percent think that no reshuffle is required, the results showed.
According to the poll, the officials who should be most urgently replaced include Premier Liu Chao-shiuan, mentioned by 28.3 percent of the respondents; Minister of Economic Affairs Yiin Chii-ming, named by 8.2 percent of those polled; and Minister of Finance Lee Sush-der, mentioned by 8.1 percent of the respondents.
While only 31.5 percent said they were satisfied with Ma’s performance, 62.1 percent expressed dissatisfaction, marking the first time the president’s disapproval rating has exceeded 60 percent since the DPP began conducting similar surveys in April.
Approximately 50 percent of the respondents said they think Ma should shoulder the bulk of the responsibility for the breach of his “633” economic platform.
Ma admitted recently that the “633” goals of annual economic growth of 6 percent, per capita GDP of US$30,000 and an unemployment rate of less than 3 percent would be difficult to attain in the short-term due to the ongoing global economic slowdown. Ma, however, said the goals could be achieved by the year 2016. When asked if they think Ma will attain the goals by 2016, 61.5 percent of the respondents gave a negative answer, compared with 27.9 percent who said Ma is likely to succeed.
Nearly 55 percent of the respondents were pessimistic about the outlook of Taiwan’s stock market in the coming year, and 28.2 percent were optimistic.
On Ma’s statement that the relations between Taiwan and China are “not ties between two states,” 51.8 percent of respondents said they cannot accept that characterization, compared with 34.2 percent who said it is acceptable.
Meanwhile, 51.3 percent of the respondents expressed opposition to Ma’s policy of a “diplomatic truce” with China, while 36.2 percent were supportive of the idea.
The survey was conducted Sept.8-9 among 868 people via telephone. It had a margin of error of 3.3 percent.