By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
A recent poll on Taiwan’s presidential candidacy revealed that Democratic Progressive
Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen is in a comfortable lead over Kuomintang’s Hung Hsiu-chu and People First Party Chairman James Soong, reports said Monday.
The Cross-Strait Policy Association poll showed that if the presidential election were held tomorrow, Tsai could take 42.9 percent while Soong would trail at 23.3 percent, and Hung faired least with 16.8 percent.
The survey is the first public opinion poll conducted after Soong officially announced his candidacy on August 6.
Meanwhile, a separate study showed that 68.1 percent of those polled cared about next year’s presidential election, while 25.7 percent showed a lack of interest. When asked who could best safeguard Taiwan’s interests during cross-strait negotiations, 34.5 percent said Tsai, as opposed to 22.1 percent for Soong and 16.4 percent for Hung. [FULL STORY]