Chen Chi-mai takes the lead in Kaohsiung by-election poll

DPP candidate Chen Chi-mai leads KMT candidate Li Mei-jhen and TPP candidate Wu Yi-jheng.

Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) leads the public opinion poll, ahead of his competitors. (Photo courtesy of CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, 民進黨) candidate Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) leads Kuomintang (KMT, 國民黨) candidate Li Mei-jhen (李眉蓁) and Taiwan People’s Party (台灣民眾黨) candidate Wu Yi-jheng (吳益政), according to a poll released on Monday.

The poll was conducted by the Taiwan Public Opinion Center by using QuickseeK technology. The result is based on Internet data from July 6 to July 12. The poll utilized artificial intelligence technology to figure out the network traffic each candidate receives.

According to the poll, Chen received a total network traffic volume of 75,334 while Li trailed closely with 63,374. Wu came in third place, receiving only a score of 7,145.

Data analysis shows that the total network traffic volume for Chen and Li had both increased while it decreased for Wu.

Analysts explained that the reasons for this increase could be due to proposals by candidates to increase air conditioning units in Kaohsiung schools and the Megaport Music Festival. Specifically, the poll cited Chen’s support for the music festival as a reason why Chen led the week.

As for Li, since she changed her campaign’s image to become more youth-friendly, she has seen a rise in youth supporters. The final reason for the increase is due to rising tensions between Li and Chen as Chen called Li the second coming of former Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu.

Analysts concluded that the name Han Kuo-yu is still used by both KMT and DPP supporters to either defend or criticize him.

In spite of the recent findings, each candidate is still focused on gearing up for their mayoral by-election showdown on Aug. 15.