WINNERS:Most people in a survey after the presidential debate said Tsai performed most like a national leader, while Soong’s performance was the most impressive
Date: Dec 30, 2015
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
Cross-Strait Policy Association deputy director-general Tan Yao-nan, center, speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday announcing the results of a survey on the recent vice presidential and presidential candidates’ televised debates. Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) support rating has declined noticeably following Sunday’s televised presidential debate, while those of the other two candidates have increased mildly, according to a survey released by the Cross-Strait Policy Association (CSPA) yesterday.
The telephone-based poll, conducted between Sunday evening and Monday among Taiwanese aged 20 or older, showed that while Tsai maintained a strong lead over her rivals, her support rating has dropped to 45.1 percent, compared with 52.6 percent in a survey released by the association three weeks ago.
In contrast, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Eric Chu’s (朱立倫) approval rating rose from 20.1 percent to 22.1 percent over the same period, while a more significant rise was observed in the support rating for People First Party (PFP) presidential candidate James Soong (宋楚瑜): from 9.2 percent to 13.6 percent.
Despite the decline, the majority, or 75.3 percent, of respondents said Tsai would be the likely winner of the Jan. 16 presidential election, followed by Chu at 10.2 percent and Soong at 2.7 percent. [FULL STORY]