After nearly three months of campaigning, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) released the results of its primary poll on June 13 in which current President Tsai Ing-wen won 35.6 percent of respondents, while former premier William Lai obtained 27.4 percent. The 8.2 percent gap between the two candidates means that President Tsai will once again represent the ruling DPP in the 2020 presidential election.
At first, nobody believed that someone would challenge President Tsai in the primary election. But in a shocking twist sparked the primary when former premier William Lai registered in the election of March 18.
According to the result of the poll, if Tsai faces Han Kuo-yu (of the opposition Kuomintang) and Ko Wen-je in the 2020 presidential election, Tsai could receive up to 36 percent of support, while Han would receive 24.5 percent and Ko would receive 22.7 percent, respectively. If the former premier faces Han and Ko, Lai would receive 27.4 percent, Han would receive 23.4 percent and Ko would receive 27.3 percent. The degree of the support in the polls show that either way DPP would win regardless of whether they send Tsai or Lai, but Tsai Ing-wen would have a bigger lead.
After the results of the poll are confirmed by both sides, the results will officially be announced by DPP Chairman Cho Jung-tai. The DPP will hold a central executive meeting on June 19 to formally announce the nomination of President Tsai.
For the first time, the DPP’s presidential primary conducted the polling through mobile phones and landline calls. The primary poll was conducted by five polling companies and was determined from a sample of 15,000. ●