By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai
Ing-wen was 17 percent ahead of Kuomintang Chairman Eric Liluan Chu, according to an opinion poll released by cable station TVBS Tuesday.
The KMT only nominated Chu as its candidate in the January 16 election last Saturday, partly because its previous candidate, Hung Hsiu-chu, performed so poorly in the polls.
If the presidential election were held now, Tsai would receive 46 percent of the vote, Chu 29 percent and People First Party Chairman James Soong 10 percent, the poll said.
While the opposition leader was still far ahead, her lead had shrunk by 2 percent, according to the survey.