Taipei, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) still holds a lead over his potential challengers from across party lines in the year-end mayoral election, according to the results of a recent survey.
According to the poll released Tuesday by the Taiwan Brain Trust, Ko still enjoys a lead, even if the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) nominates former Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (??), who serves now as the Presidential Office secretary general, as its candidate in a three-way race also involving opposition Kuomintang candidate Ting Shou-chung (???).
According to the poll results, 32.9 percent of the respondents said they would vote for Ko, compared with 30.4 percent who said they would support Ting, and 24 percent who said they would vote for Chen.
If in a race against Ting, Ko had 41.3 percent support, while Ting had 36.1 percent.
If in a race between Ko, Ting and the DPP's legislator Pasuya Yao (???), Ko received 39.4 percent support, followed by Ting with 33.5 percent and Yao at 13.8 percent.
If the DPP decides to nominate Premier Lai Ching-te (???) for the mayoral race, Ko still beat both his DPP and KMT rivals with 34 percent support, compared with 30.4 percent for Ting and 22.8 percent for Lai, the poll found.
In the New Taipei mayoral election, support for the KMT candidate Hou Yu-ih (???), a former deputy mayor of New Taipei, was at 44.3 percent, ahead of 30.7 percent for former Premier Su Tseng-chang (???).
The poll also pit Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (???) of the DPP against his KMT competitor Chen Shei-saint (???), a KMT lawmaker, who garnered support of 61.4 percent and 17.8 percent, respectively.
In Taichung, support for Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (???) was at 43 percent, compared with 32.2 percent for the KMT's Lu Shiow-yen (???).
In the Tainan mayoral election, support for DPP Legislator Huang Wei-che (???) was at 42.3 percent, ahead of 18.7 percent for the KMT's Kao Su-po (???), and 8.4 percent for former Taiwan Solidarity Union Legislator Hsu Chung-hsin (???), according to the poll.
In Kaohsiung, DPP Legislator Chen Chi-mai (???) holds a lead over the KMT's candidate, Han Kuo-yu (???), former Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Co. president, at 52 percent against 21 percent support.
The poll also found that 51.3 percent of New Taipei residents are optimistic about Hou's election as mayor, while 65.6 percent of Taoyuan residents are optimistic about Cheng's re-election and 48 percent of Taichung residents are upbeat about Lin's re-election.
The poll was conducted May 14-17 among adults in Taiwan's six municipalities, collecting 4,891 samples. It had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel