DPP candidate ahead by 40% in latest Kaohsiung mayoral by-election poll

Over 50% of respondents indicate support for Taiwan’s former vice premier, only 14% for KMT choice

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/07/02
By: Ching-Tse Cheng, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

DPP candidate for Kaohsiung mayoral by-election Chen Chi-ma (right). (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A recent poll on Kaohsiung's mayoral by-election showed that the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) candidate Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) is ahead of his Kuomintang (KMT) opponent Li Mei-jhen (李眉蓁) by 40 percentage points.

According to poll results released by Taiwan Indicators Survey Research (TISR) on Wednesday (July 1), 54.6 percent of the respondents indicated support for Chen, and only 14.4 percent said they would vote for Li. Meanwhile, 4 percent of those surveyed preferred Wu Yi-cheng (吳益政), who is representing the Taiwan People's Party (TPP), and 13.3 percent said they would not exercise their voting rights.

When asked which candidate is more suitable for the position, 62.2 percent of the respondents selected Chen, while 20.6 percent and 14.1 percent chose Li and Wu, respectively. The poll also found that 87.6 percent of Kaohsiung residents who voted against former mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) in the recall election would support Chen in filling the vacancy.

The by-election is scheduled to take place on Aug. 15.    [FULL  STORY]

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