Premier’s satisfaction rating at 70% after one month in office

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Premier Lai Ching-te is seen in this file photo of Oct. 7, 2017 during an event in Penghu. According to the Taiwan NextGen Foundation, the premier has a nearly 70 percent satisfaction rating, which is believed to have helped boost President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) satisfaction rating toward nearly 50 percent. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) – After one month in office, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) has a nearly 70 percent satisfaction rating, which is believed to have helped boost President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) satisfaction rating toward nearly 50 percent, according to the results of a survey published Monday by the Taiwan NextGen Foundation (台灣世代智庫).

The poll was conducted Oct. 12-13 to gauge public opinion on Tsai’s constitutional reforms and other reforms, as well as an appraisal of Lai’s performance, according to the foundation.

The poll found that Lai’s satisfaction rating has reached 68.8 percent since he took office Sept. 8, with 65.2 percent of the respondents saying that Lai has superior executive ability, while 21 percent held the opposite view.

Meanwhile, 60.2 percent of the respondents said Lai has a good grasp of public opinion, while 30.3 percent expressed the opposite opinion.

The poll also shows that 63.5 percent have faith in Lai’s ability to spur economic growth, while 30.2 percent do not.

It also shows that Tsai’s support rating has climbed to 54.8 percent, while 40.4 percent of the respondents said they does not support her. Meanwhile, Tsai’s satisfaction level has increased to 49.7 percent.

Tsai’s satisfaction rating fell to a record low of 18.4 percent in a poll released in May by Taiwan Democracy Watch ahead of the first anniversary of her presidency.

The latest poll also shows that 56 percent of the respondents support government plans to carry out constitutional reforms.

Meanwhile, 80.9 percent of the respondents are in favor of a proposal put forth by Tsai in her National Day address of Oct. 10 to hold a leaders’ meeting of political parties, while 13.6 percent expressed disapproval of the proposal.

The poll collected 1,072 valid samples and had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.99 percentage points. 

By Tsai Chia-ling and Evelyn Kao