Taiwan: Majority dissatisfied with government – 25 Apr 2017

  • Nearly 60% of the public are dissatisfied with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration, and President Tsai Ing-wen’s approval rating has fallen to the second-lowest point in her presidency, a monthly survey released 24 Apr 17 by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation showed.
  • About 59% of respondents said they disapprove of the performance of the DPP administration, which controls both the executive and legislative branches, while 35% said they approve.
  • Public dissatisfaction is evident even among DPP supporters, with 30% saying they are unhappy with the administration, compared with 74% among politically neutral respondents and 90% among Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) supporters.
  • Respondents who approve of Tsai’s handling of state affairs rose 1% from Feb 17 to 38.6%, while the number of those who disapprove increased 3.5% to 46%.
  • Tsai’s approval rating has dropped by 31.3% since May 16, and her disapproval rating is the second-lowest of her presidency, foundation chairman You Ying-lung said.
  • “The DPP’s disapproval rating has exceeded its approval rating in the party’s strongholds of Pingtung – Tsai’s hometown – and Kaohsiung, suggesting a major crisis for the DPP administration,” DPP deputy secretary-general Lee Chun-yi said. “Tsais administration was expected to ease ethnic tensions, but it did not. The nation is still polarized along ethical and political lines.”

External Link : http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2017/04/25/2003669376