Tsai’s approval rating drops to 31.2%

PUBLIC GAFFE: That the president stood in an armored vehicle and waved at victims in the wake of flooding in Chiayi last month weighed on her ratings, a pollster said

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 18, 2018
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) approval rating dropped from 33.3 percent last month

Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation chairman Michael You presents the results of the foundation’s latest opinion poll at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

to 31.2 percent this month, her second-lowest score since taking office in May 2016, a Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation poll showed yesterday.

Tsai’s visit to flood victims in Chiayi last month — during which she stood in an armored vehicle, smiled and waved before she was asked to step out of the vehicle — and Taiwan’s severance of diplomatic ties with El Salvador affected her approval rating, the foundation said.

Fifty-five percent of respondents said they disapproved of Tsai’s performance, while 31.2 percent approved — the largest discrepancy in the past two years, the poll showed.

The poll results show that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration is facing a worsening predicament, foundation chairman Michael You (游盈隆) said.

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