KMT leads DPP by 10 percentage points in central Taiwan: poll

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff–The ruling Kuomintang scored a lead of close to 10 percentage points over the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in central Taiwan in terms of voters’ support for their respective candidates for the upcoming presidential race, KMT officials claimed, cited findings of a recent public opinion poll yesterday.

The KMT just completed a survey of over 2,000 voters in Taichung City, Changhua County and Nantou County concerning which party they would support in the presidential election slated for Jan. 14, 2012.

The KMT’s lead of near 10 percentage points over the DPP is totally different from results of another public opinion poll conducted by the DPP camp, which showed that the KMT still lagged behind the DPP in central Taiwan in terms of voters’ support in the presidential election despite the farmhouse controversies plaguing DPP Secretary-General Su Jia-chuan, who is now the DPP’s vice presidential candidate.

Commenting on the discrepancy, KMT officials said that the DPP poll was based on only 180 samples and thus involved higher rate of error.

The officials said that following the exposure of the illegal farmhouse issue plaguing the running mate of DPP’s presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, President Ma Ying-jeou, who is seeking re-election, has enjoyed a steady expansion in his lead over Tsai and is winning support from potential voters nationwide, including Taichung City, Changhua County, and Nantou County of central Taiwan.