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Taoyuan mayor gains highest approval rating among 6 municipal leaders

2017/12/15 17:33:22

Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦/CNA file photo)

Taipei, Dec. 15 (CNA) Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) has the highest public approval rating for administrative performance among the mayors of Taiwan's six special municipalities, according to a survey released Friday.

With an approval rating of 75.9 percent, Cheng is well ahead of Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) who scored a 66.2 percent rating, and Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) at 56.1 percent, according to the Taiwan Brain Trust survey.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) was given a 51 percent approval rating, New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) 49.9 percent, and Acting Tainan Mayor Lee Meng-yen (李孟諺) 25.8 percent, the survey showed.

The survey on the performance of the six special municipality mayors was conducted one year before the local government elections, which are due in late 2018.

The incumbent mayors were elected in 2014, except for Lee who took over as acting mayor of Tainan in September when then-Mayor Lai Ching-te (賴清德) was named by President Tsai Ing-win (蔡英文) as the country's premier.

Three of the six municipal leaders are members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), while Chu is from the opposition Kuomintang, and both Ko and Lee are independents.

The survey was conducted Dec. 8-13 via telephone on citizens aged 20 and over who are registered residents of the six special municipalities.

It collected a total of 4,841 valid samples, at least 800 in each of the six cities, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.41 percentage points.

It was conducted by the Taiwan Brain Trust, a think tank affiliated with the Ketagalan Foundation, which was founded by former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) of the DPP during his two-term tenure from 2000-2008.

(By Fan Cheng-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu)