DPP preferred political party in Taiwan, followed by KMT: survey

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has the most support of any political party in Taiwan, followed by the opposition Kuomintang, according to the results of a survey released on Tuesday by Taiwan Thinktank.

In the pan-green-leaning think tank's December survey, 32.2 percent of respondents chose the DPP when asked about their preferred political party, up from 27.9 percent in the previous survey in November.

About 21.5 percent chose the KMT, about 2 percentage points higher than in the previous survey.

Another 10.9 percent of respondents voiced their support for the New Power Party (down from 14.5 percent in the previous survey), and 4.3 percent said they supported the People First Party.

Of note was that the New Power Party (NPP) was the most popular party among respondents in the 20-29 age group, with the support of 24.3 percent of those polled in the age bracket. Coming in second was the KMT (19.8 percent), followed by the DPP (16.9 percent).

The NPP was also the most popular among respondents with a bachelor's degree or higher educational level. Some 23.8 percent of respondents in this group backed the NPP, slightly more than the 22.6 percent who supported the KMT and the 22 percent who sided with the DPP.

Commenting on the results of the survey, Taiwan Thinktank polling director Chou Yung-hong (???) said the NPP's support base consists of young adults who supported the Sunflower Student Movement -- which occupied Taiwan's Legislature for about three weeks in 2014 -- and other similar movements.

Most of them were also supporters of the DPP, he added.

Formed in early 2015, the NPP rose to prominence in the wake of the Sunflower movement. The party won five seats in the 113-member Legislature in the legislative elections in January 2016.

The telephone survey was conducted between Dec. 19 and 20 and had 1,072 valid samples and a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel