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42% of Taipei residents say DPP should field mayoral candidate: poll

2018/04/19 18:56:23

Taipei, April 19 (CNA) A recent poll indicates that 42 percent of Taipei City residents believe the ruling Democratic Progressive Party should nominate a candidate to run for the position of city mayor.

The poll, released Thursday by Taiwan Brain Trust, also indicates that 28.3 percent of Taipei residents who responded to the survey said the party should back incumbent independent Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) in the mayoral election on Nov. 24.

It also found that 57.4 percent of respondents nationwide were satisfied with Ko's performance as mayor, with 55.6 percent of Taipei residents and 57.6 percent of non-Taipei residents satisfied.

Meanwhile, 55.3 percent of Taipei residents believe Ko is the front runner in the mayoral race, according to the survey.

It also shows that 66.6 percent of Taipei residents believe if Ko is elected in the year-end mayoral race he should not run in the 2020 presidential election, compared with 55.5 percent of respondents nationwide who said they would not support a Ko presidential bid if he is elected mayor.

The poll was conducted April 16-17 among adults registered as residents of 20 cities and counties around Taiwan, collecting 1,079 valid samples. It had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao)