KMT’s approval rating spikes: poll

Public approval of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) has risen to 29.9 percent over the past two months, while the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) approval rating has fallen to 26.3 percent, according to a poll released by the KMT on Tuesday.

The figures represented a 6.9 percentage point increase in support for the KMT and a 0.5 percentage point drop for the DPP, compared with a similar poll conducted in October 2016, the KMT said.

The latest poll also showed a decline of 0.8 percentage points in support for the New Power Party (NPP) from October, which put it at 10.1 percent, and 1.9 percentage point drop to 3.1 percent for the People First Party.

The KMT said the latest poll gauges public support for parties in six areas -- importance given to public opinion, efforts to bring about reforms, importance placed on labor rights, efforts to help improve prospects for young people, integrity of the party, and the performance of party legislators.

The KMT said its general approval rating rose in all six areas, with the biggest increase seen in the areas of performance of its legislators and importance placed on labor rights, while the DPP fell in all six areas.

KMT Culture and Communications Committee deputy director Hu Wen-chi (???) said his party's higher approval rating was mainly a result of backing from pan-blue supporters.

In the latest poll, the DPP had a satisfaction rating of 23.4 percent and a dissatisfaction rating of 68.9 percent based on its recent performance, while the KMT's satisfaction rating was 28 percent and its dissatisfaction rating was 60.3 percent.

In addition, 24.3 percent of the respondents thought the DPP government generally outperformed the previous KMT administration, while 31 percent thought the opposite, and 41 percent indicated that the two parties had a similar level of performance.

The telephone survey, commissioned by the KMT, was conducted by Trend Survey and Research Co. Dec. 27-29, 2016 throughout Taiwan. It collected 1,071 effective samples and had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel