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Premier's popularity steady nearing end of second month in office

2017/10/23 19:59:15

Taipei, Oct. 23 (CNA) The latest survey from the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation has found Premier Lai Ching-te's (賴清德) popularity to be steady since he took office in September.

Speaking at a press conference Monday, You Ying-lung (游盈隆), chairman of the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation, said that people's feelings toward Lai continue to be warm and favorable, noting that he scored 62.02 out of 100 on the foundation's "feeling thermometer" in October, which is virtually the same as the 63.44 he scored in September.

The "feeling thermometer" measures people's opinions of politicians on a scale from zero to 100, with zero being extremely unfavorable, 50 being ambivalent, and 100 being extremely favorable.

The survey found that 56 percent of the respondents reported favorable opinions of Lai, while 30.4 percent reported ambivalence and 9.9 percent reported negative feelings.

The same sentiment extended to Lai's Cabinet, which You pointed out received a favorable opinion from 58 percent of respondents.

According to the foundation's analysis, the Cabinet has cross-boundary support regardless of gender, age, political affiliation, level of education, or location.

Another politician receiving a positive response is Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), who scored slightly higher on the feeling thermometer than Lai at 62.64.

You noted that while Ko's score took a slight four-point dip from September to October, overall, a majority of respondents (61 percent) held a favorable opinion of him.

Meanwhile, the survey's findings of public opinion on other government, business and society leaders found that there is currently a crisis of confidence in Taiwan, the chairman noted.

Less than 50 percent of the respondents expressed confidence in lawmakers, judges, or armed forces officials, although there was a higher level of confidence in leaders in the business sector, with 58.1 percent of respondents reporting confidence.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Kuan-lin Liu)