Ma Ying-jeou least popular of Taiwan’s elected presidents: Poll

Ma comes in behind disgraced former President Chen Shui-bian, just ahead of late dictator Chiang Kai-shek

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/08/24
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Former President Ma Ying-jeou (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Late Taiwan President Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) was ranked number one in a public opinion poll in which respondents were asked to evaluate the incumbent and former Taiwanese presidents for their contribution to Taiwan’s overall development, according to the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation on Monday (Aug. 24).

Late President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) trails closely behind Chiang Ching-kuo by half a percentage point.

Former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), who is currently out of prison on medical bail after a corruption conviction, trails Lee by a large margin — but he is still ahead of his successor, former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九). Late President Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) came in last, with a score of less than 60 points.

Since 1949, when the Kuomintang (KMT) retreated to Taiwan after their defeat in China, Taiwan has seen seven presidents, including Chiang Kai-shek, Yen Chia-kan (嚴家淦), Chiang Ching-kuo, Lee Teng-hui, Chen Shui-bian, Ma Ying-jeou and incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文). As Yen was in office only for a short time and merely a nominal figurehead with no real power, he was not included in the evaluation.    [FULL  STORY]

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