TAIPEI–Among the chiefs of Taiwan’s six municipalities, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (����) and Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (���M�w) led the pack in terms of approval rating, according to a survey conducted by the Global Views Monthly (�������x).
In its 2015 survey of the performance of local government heads, both Chen and Lai received five stars on a one to five star scale, with five stars being the best.
It was Chen’s third year and Lai’s fourth year in a row to gain the top honor, and both posted better approval scores than they did in the previous year, according to the survey.
Following closely behind is Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (�_����), who despite offending many with his reckless remarks since taking office, still managed to earn 4.5 stars.
New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (���߭�), who doubles as the chairman of the ruling Kuomintang, and Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsai (�G����), each got four stars.
Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (�L���s), who defeated Kuomintang rival Jason Hu (�J�ӱj) soundly in last year’s election, came in last place with 3.5 stars.
Instead of finding faults with the legacy of his predecessor Jason Hu, the Global Views Monthly said, Lin should justify the voters’ mandate with programs of his own.
In the other counties, five star winners all came from the remote areas, including Hualien Magistrate Fu Kun-chi (�űX�m) who won the honor for the sixth year in a row, Taitung Magistrate Justin Huang (�����x) who earned five stars for the second consecutive year, and Kinmen Magistrate Chen Fu-hai (���֮�) who was elected last year and is a new face in the survey.
Contrary to the previous survey, the monthly said, the leaders who received the lowest approval ratings are all members of the Democratic Progressive Party, a change which indicates that voters are beginning to measure the performance of elected government chiefs based on their merits rather than out of their dislike of the ruling Kuomintang, according to the monthly.