Terry Gou leads President Tsai in polls, but remains behind Han

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Following the announcement of Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou’s presidential bid earlier this week, numerous online polls have already been released.

According to a survey published by Shih Hsin University (世新大學) on April 19, opposition Kuomintang (KMT) hopeful Han Kuo-yu only leads Gou by 0.8 percentage point.

If President Tsai Ing-wen, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, and Terry Gou compete against each other in a three-way race, their respective support rate is 20.2 percent, 25.2 percent, and 35.6 percent.

More importantly, Gou might defeat ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) candidates and Taipei Mayor Ko’s “White Force,” which refers to a new political force in Taiwan that goes beyond pan-Blue and Green political divide.

Within the KMT, however, Gou and Han’s support rates are 29 percent and 29.8 percent, respectively.

The cross-analysis shows that those who support Han are mainly females over 50 years old who didn’t go to senior high school, while the majority of Gou’s supporters are males between 20 to 39 years old with a junior college degree.

Regarding the party support’s rate, Gou’s support rate is 50.2 percent, leading Tsai’s 27.1 percent in the eventuality of a match between Gou and Tsai. However, if Gou is to compete with former Premier Lai Ching-te, their support rate is 42.6 percent and 33.6 percent, respectively.