President should not double as party chairperson: survey

PRIORITY LIST:TISR said its survey shows that most people want the president to place their duties as the nation’s leader before any obligations to their party

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 29, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter

A poll by Taiwan Indicators Survey Research (TISR) yesterday showed that 53.6 percent of respondents consider it inappropriate for the president to double as a party chairperson, compared with 32.1 percent of respondents who said it was okay.

The latest figures show that people’s attitude toward a president also being the ruling party’s head is not significantly affected by a transfer of political power, the group said, adding that in 2013, 59.6 percent of respondents were against it, in 2008, 58.3 percent, and in 2004, 46.8 percent.

“It shows that most of the people hope the president could put their responsibilities and obligations as the nation’s leader on top of their priority list,” TISR said.

The poll also found that with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) securing 60 percent of the legislative seats in the Jan. 16 elections, 60.1 percent of respondents said that they have faith in the party’s resolution in legislative reforms, while 29.8 percent expressed distrust.     [FULL  STORY]

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