Poll shows Taiwan voters want president without legislative majority

Taiwan's two major political parties are competing to get their presidential nominee elected and to hold a majority

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/12/02
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections are just 40 days away and a

President Tsai Ing-wen (center, front row)

poll conducted by Apple Online appears to show that 44 percent of voters want the new Taiwan president to be from a party that does not have a majority in the country’s legislature.

The two major political parties in Taiwan are the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Kuomintang (KMT), who are working to get their presidential nominee elected and form a majority in the country’s legislature. The Apple Online poll asked if the president should or should not be a member of the majority party, the news outlet reported on Monday (Dec. 2).

Nearly half of those polled, 44 percent, said the president should not be a member of the majority party so “the executive and legislative branches can counterbalance each other.” Meanwhile, 39.9 percent were of the opposite opinion, saying “they should be the same party to facilitate policy making and administration."

Those who didn’t give a definitive answer accounted for 16.1 percent of the survey's respondents. What stood out from the survey is that among those who support President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) reelection, 35.8 percent thought the president should come from a party other than the majority party, the news outlet reported.    [FULL  STORY]

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