By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) –Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen
received more than 50 percent of the vote in an opinion poll Tuesday.
Tsai has been running far ahead of her challengers in the January 16 election for months, but in most recent polls, she received about 45 percent of the vote.
The poll commissioned by the Taiwan Cross-Straits Policy Association and released Tuesday gave Tsai and her running mate Chen Chien-jen 52.6 percent, the Kuomintang ticket of Eric Liluan Chu and Jennifer Wang 20.1 percent, and the combination of People First Party Chairman James Soong with Minkuotang Chairwoman Hsu Hsin-ying 9.2 percent.
Tsai’s support level had gradually risen over the past few months, reports said. A TWCSPA poll conducted in October, when the KMT nominated Chu to replace Hung Hsiu-chu as its candidate, gave Tsai 45.2 percent, while she received 48.6 percent about a month later, as President Ma Ying-jeou met Chinese leader Xi Jinping at an unprecedented summit in Singapore. [FULL STORY]