6 in 10 unsupportive of Han presidential bid: poll

TAIPEI (The China Post) – The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) kickstarted its primary election last week amid reports that the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) intends to select Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) by mid-April.

A poll published on March 25 by Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation (TPOF), however, shows that 60 percent of Taiwanese might not support such option.

According to the survey, 17.2 percent of respondents are highly supportive of Han running for president and 17 percent are supportive, while 20 percent are unsupportive, and 40 percent are highly unsupportive. In other words, Han’s support rate for not taking part in the election might be as high as 60 percent.

Yu Ying-lung (游盈隆), chairman of the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation (TPOF), concluded that those supporting Han are only a “minority.”

Compared to another poll conducted last month, the survey shows that Han’s support rate to join the presidential election has increased by 5 percentage points while the opposition rate has decreased by 4 percentage points.

Even though the number of supporters increases, Yu remarked that they are still a minority.

Yu also stressed that the biggest challenge for Han is a lack of “consistency and legitimacy.”