PLA threats, HK protests sway Taiwan’s voters: survey

President Tsai may win 20% more of the vote than her rival in January’s election

Asia Times
August 9, 2019

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has voiced support for democratic movements in Hong Kong on a number of occasions since taking office. Photo: Reuters

Public support for Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and for the country to become an independent nation have seen an upswing.

A recent poll by a local think tank has even predicted a victory for Tsai in January’s presidential election, saying she will win 20% more of the ballot than Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu, who is fielded by the opposition Kuomintang Party.

A survey by the Taiwan New Constitution Foundation showed Tsai would win 51% of the vote against 31% for Han, and if Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je throws his hat into the ring, Tsai would still come out on top in the three-way race, garnering about 42% of the vote against Han’s 26% and Ko’s 23%.

Tsai’s approval rating also rose to 43.7%, from 33.8% in the May survey. The survey also found that more than 80% of respondents regarded Taiwan as a sovereign, independent nation.

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