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Majority approve of central government Hualien relief efforts: survey

2018/02/14 16:01:48

Taipei, Feb. 14 (CNA) Over 70 percent of respondents approved of how the central government has handled disaster relief in the aftermath of the Hualien earthquake last Tuesday, a telephone survey conducted by the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) found Wednesday.

DPP spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka revealed at a press conference that 76.5 percent of survey respondents approved of the government's disaster relief work, while 12.5 percent did not.

In addition, te survey indicates that 85.9 percent of those who identify as DPP supporters approved of the government's relief efforts, while 71.1 percent of opposition Kuomintang supporters also approved.

Although the DPP is generally considered to have only weak support in Keelung City, Yilan County, Hualien County, Taitung County and Penghu County, Yotaka said that approval from respondents in these areas was 80.6 percent.

Respondents in their 20s expressed the highest level of approval for the government's disaster relief-related actions, which the DPP spokeswoman attributed to the availability of information about what government officials and agencies are doing on the Internet and social media which young people are first to digest.

The DPP survey was conducted from Feb. 12-13 and successfully completed 811 questionnaires with a confidence level of 95 percent, and a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Kuan-lin Liu)
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