Taipei mayor ap­proval rat­ing at over 80 per­cent: sur­vey

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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