TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) – Since Ko Wen-je beat his ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) counterpart as an independent candidate to win with over 850,000 votes in the 2014 Taipei Mayoral Election, the mayor has been considered by both journalists and citizens as an internet celebrity.
Soon after a source believed to be close with Ko revealed that the mayor will surely run for in the 2020 Presidential Election, NOWnews and QuickseeK, an online polling database, conducted a survey to gauge how such eventual bid played among the possible electorate on the internet.
Make no mistakes, Ko still has the upper hand over traditional politicians with regard to the internet and social media fields, according to statistics. Netizens seem to have been excited with over 1,300 articles found discussing the mayor’s possible strategies for his candidacy after the information was learned.
Because that Ko himself refused to confirm nor respond officially to the piece of news yet, the survey could get limited analytics for public opinion on the issue.
The results, however, also show that there has been accumulated nonsupport posts of the mayor in a general trend since January till May, meaning that Ko has met his downswing as a social media influencer since he became an elected official.
Currently, the total number of negative posts outweighs that of the positive ones, which very much explains Ko’s emphasis to build up his professional image by “instantaneous upgrades from the current stage.” He said, “I cannot be an online celebrity forever,” stressing a need for politicians to adjust their campaigns on other practical levels too.