TVBS poll shows Deputy Speaker Hung be­hind Tsai by 1%

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A TVBS poll found that if the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion were held to­mor­row, Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) of the Kuom­intang (KMT) would trail the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party’s (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen ( ) by 1 per­cent.

Hung is the only can­di­date quali- fied to run in the KMT’s pres­i­den­tial pri­mary on June 12 and 13. In a TVBS phone sur­vey re­leased yes­ter­day, 33 per­cent of those polled said they sup­port the deputy speaker.

Asked which can­di­date they would vote for if the elec­tion were held to­mor­row, 31 per­cent of those polled picked Hung, com­pared to 32 per­cent for Tsai.

Two per­cent said they would cast a bal­lot for in­de­pen­dent pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Shih Ming-teh ( ) and 35 per­cent were un­de­cided. The TVBS Poll Cen­ter ( TVBS

) said that Hung is likely to meet her party’s “anti-brick” (

) clause for the pri­mary, which stip­u­lates that a con­tender must win at least 30 per­cent sup­port in an in­tra-party poll to se­cure nom­i­na­tion.

In the event of Hung fail­ing to win nom­i­na­tion, 35 per­cent of those polled would want the KMT to draft Leg­isla­tive Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( ), ac­cord­ing to the TVBS poll.

Twenty-six per­cent would want to re­cruit KMT Chair­man Eric Chu ( ) and less than 1 per­cent would want Vice Pres­i­dent Wu Den-yih ( ), the sur­vey stated.

The TVBS Poll Cen­ter col­lected 1,033 valid sam­ples from Tai­wanese res­i­dents aged 20 and older via tele­phone from June 2 to 3. The poll has 95 per­cent con­fi­dence level, with a mar­gin of er­ror of plus or mi­nus 3 per­cent­age points.

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