Tsai favored to continue as DPP head


TAIPEI, Taiwan — The opposition Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP’s) impressive performance in the just-concluded municipal elections has raised the popularity of its chairwoman, according to a survey released yesterday.

Taiwan Thinktank, which contracted a poll and research company to conduct the post election survey in late November, said 71.4 percent of the respondents voiced support for Tsai Ing-wen to remain on the post, while 15.7 percent opposed the idea.

Although the DPP has only secured two out of five mayoral seats in the elections on Nov. 27, it gained more ballots in total than the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) did in the mayoral elections in Taipei City and other four to-be-created special municipalities.

The survey showed the satisfaction rate for Tsai’s performance as DPP chairwoman reaches 67.3 percents, while the dissatisfaction rate stands at 23.9 percent.

On President Ma Ying jeou’s performance since he took the power in May 2008, 39.9 percent of the respondents said they are satisfied with Ma’s administration. Those who are dissatisfied with Ma’s job performance, however, account for 56 percent of all respondents.

The poll by the non profit research organization, which is generally perceived as more sympathetic with the pro-independence pan-green camp headed by the DPP, also showed that 45.9 percent of the surveyed think the DPP wins the elections, while only 35.2 percent regard the KMT as the winner.

In his analysis of the elections, Hsiao Hsin huang, director of Academia Sinica’s Institute of Sociology, said although the DPP lost the mayoral race, it won more votes and support.

In general, the opposition party was marching toward the northern areas from its strongholds in the south, the researcher said.

The survey was conducted on Nov. 29-30 among adults over 20 years of age. A total of 1,085 valid samples were collected, and the poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.