- November 22, 2016
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- President Tsai Ing-wen’s approval rating has fallen to a record low of 26% in Nov 16, and her disapproval rating has inched up to 46% in Nov 16, according to findings of a poll released on TVBS, a cable TV channel in Taiwan.
- Over the past six months, the Tsai administration has enacted a range of new laws, including statues governing the treatment of ill-gotten party assets and transitional justice. The administration has also pushed for a spate of sometimes controversial policies, including the “one fixed, one flexible” holiday bill, pension reform, same-sex marriage and a phasing out of the ban on imported foods from Japanese prefectures affected by radiation following the 2011 Fukushima meltdown.
- President Tsai Ing-wen’s approval rating fell below her disapproval rating for the first time since her inauguration on 20 May 16, according to a poll conducted by a pan-Taiwan Think-tank between 18 Nov 16 to 20 Nov 16.
- Taiwan Think-tank said the public still appears relatively satisfied with Tsai’s policies, with 66.8% of respondents supporting her decision to chair the weekly high-level policy coordination meetings, which bring together officials from the Executive Yuan and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to deliberate on government policy and social issues.
- Respondents seemed to be divided on the Tsai administration’s plan to extend National Health Insurance (NHI) coverage to Chinese students, who will be required to pay for full monthly premiums, as would students from other nations, if the proposal is passed by the Legislature. Public opinion was also divided on draft amendments to the Civil Code to legalize same-sex marriage, with 47.8% of respondents supporting the move and 41.7% opposing it. On cross-straits relations, 46.9% of respondents said there is no need for the government to acknowledge the so-called “1992 Consensus” to develop cross-strait ties, while 29.5% said otherwise.