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Support, dissatisfaction with Tsai both top 50%: DPP survey

2017/05/19 15:08:49

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) A poll conducted by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the run up to the first anniversary of President Tsai Ing-wen's inauguration on Saturday indicates high public support for the president, and also high dissatisfaction.

There was 57.4 percent of respondents who expressed their overall support for Tsai, while 54.2 percent of those polled expressed discontent with her performance, according to the survey released on Friday.

Among those dissatisfied with the president's performance, respondents in the 40-49 age group were the most unhappy with 62.9 percent, followed by 55 percent for those aged 30-39 and 50.7 percent in the 20-29 age group, the survey shows.

In terms of support, 65.1 percent of respondents in the 30-39 age group supported Tsai, followed by 64.7 percent of those aged 60-69, 59.7 percent 20-29 and 48.9 percent in the 40-49 age group.

Asked why both the support and dissatisfaction rates exceeded 50 percent, DPP Deputy Secretary-General Hsu Chia-ching (徐佳青) said the figures still indicates more people support Tsai than are unhappy with her performance.

The low level of satisfaction reflects two different views of the reforms initiated by Tsai, Hsu said.

For example, part of the "dissatisfaction," indicates total opposition to the reforms, whereas another reflects discontent with the slow pace and limited scale of the reforms, she noted.

The survey also shows that 92.3 percent of respondents support Tsai's policy to protect labor rights and interests; 82.7 percent were in favor of judicial reforms; 77 percent liked pension reforms and 67.7 percent supported the policy to confiscate the ill-gotten assets of political parties.

The survey was conducted from May 16-18 and involved voters aged 20 and older. A total of 1,153 valid samples were collected for the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Elizabeth Hsu)
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