Taipei mayor approval rating at over 80 percent: survey
More than 80 percent of Taipei residents approve of the performance of Taipei Mayor Ko Wenje ( ) after his first 100 days in office, a new survey has found.
The survey, conducted by the public opinion center of Ming Chuan University of people residing or registered as living in the city, found that 83.49 percent of respondents were satisfied with his overall performance.
Nearly 87 percent said they were satisfied with Ko’s publication of a list of illegal buildings in the city and his demand that they be demolished by a deadline, and nearly 88 percent said they were supportive of the mayor’s publishing a list of those who tried to postpone planned demolitions.
Sixty- two percent of respondents said they supported Ko’s plan to resume two-way traffic on two major thoroughfares in the city: Renai and Xinyi roads.
The survey also found that 80 percent of respondents were satisfied with the city’s way of dealing with big business groups undertaking public construction projects.
Nearly 73 percent were satisfied with Ko’s promotion of social housing projects, in contrast with 21 percent who opposed the idea.
On his blunt speaking style, which has produced a series of gaffes, 53 percent said they were satisfied with it while 45 percent said they were not.
79% Have Confidence in Ko
Nearly four in five respondents (79 percent) said they had confidence in his performance in the future.
Those polled also said Ko’s top five priorities should be social welfare, fairness and justice, the economy, social order and traffic.
Despite his high approval rating, only 20.94 percent of respondents said they backed Ko to make a run in the 2016 presidential election, compared with 70.48 percent who did not support the idea.
Ming Chuan University said the poll was conducted between March 23 and 25, with the results based on 1,084 valid samples. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.97 percentage points.
Taipei City Councilwoman Wu Szu-yao ( ) of the Democratic Progressive Party ( DPP) said the high approval rating showed that Ko was living up to voter expectations and was winning support by moving beyond bipartisan politics.
Still in Honeymoon Period
But Wu said Ko was still in his honeymoon period and had absolute say over the city’s governance, and suggested it remains to be seen whether he can maintain his high approval rating once the city council begins its session in mid-April and debates on public policy begin.
Poll results released by cable TV news station TVBS on Monday put Ko’s approval rating at 70 percent, the second highest among the mayors of Taiwan’s six major municipalities behind the 76 percent support garnered by Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (
). Eighty- three percent of respondents said Ko was bold and resolute, but half panned Ko for his communications skills, something Ko said he would try to improve on in the future.
The 55- year- old surgeon and political novice won election in late November 2014 with 57.16 percent of the votes in a city considered a stronghold of the Kuomintang. He became Taipei’s first non- KMT mayor in 16 years.
He ran his campaign on promises to “tear down the steep wall” of partisan politics even though his candidacy was endorsed by the DPP.