Survey shows Taiwanese voters unhappy with both major parties

08/15/2014 06:19 PM
DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen. (CNA file photo)
DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen. (CNA file photo)

Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) Approval ratings of the two major political parties in Taiwan remained at low levels according to a survey released Friday, in which over 55 percent of respondents said they were unhappy with their party's performance.

The survey, published by think tank Taiwan Brain Trust, showed that only 23.6 percent of those polled were satisfied with the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), while slightly more are satisfied with the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) at 27.3 percent.

The number unsatisfied with the KMT and the DPP reached 69.2 percent and 55.6 percent, respectively.

Although the approval of DPP chairperson Tsai Ing-wen, who took up the post in May, has shown little change over two months at 48.7 percent, the number of respondents dissatisfied with her has increased from 21.5 percent to 30.5 percent.

Liu Shih-chung, chief executive of Taiwan Brain Trust, said the rise in public dissatisfaction with Tsai may be related to her failure to present substantive policies since being chosen as the head of the Taiwan's major opposition party.

In light of the high levels of dissatisfaction with both parties, the DPP has no reason to be optimistic about its showing in the Nov. 29 local elections for city and county positions, he cautioned.

The survey was carried out from Aug. 7-9 among 1,207 adults via telephone. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

(By Justin Su and Y.F. Low)ENDITEM/WH

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