Opposition poll shows opinions divided over President Tsai, Premier Su

The opposition New Power Party (NPP) on Sunday said the government has "plenty of room for improvement," after over a third of those polled by the NPP expressed dissatisfaction with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration.

Despite a 37.4 percent disapproval rate, over half (56 percent) said they were satisfied with the performance of President Tsai Ing-wen (???).

Satisfaction with the performance of Premier Su Tseng-chang (???) was also higher than dissatisfaction, at 49.5 percent to 43.1 percent.

In addition to polling public attitudes toward members of Taiwan's Cabinet, the survey also covered topics such as housing and the government's stimulus voucher program.

At a press conference for the release of the poll, NPP Chairwoman Chen Jiau-hua (???) said the Tsai administration's performance since the beginning of the pandemic in areas such as rollout of its COVID-19 relief programs and reining in house prices had been weaker than expected.

Chen said this was primarily a result of the administration's failure to make the decision-making process efficient, open and transparent. She added that this had led to low public trust in government.

The poll shows that 42 percent of those polled thought the Cabinet's latest COVID-19 bailout plan had been effective, with 40.4 percent disagreeing.

However, 64.3 percent of respondents believed the upcoming NT$5,000 stimulus voucher program, set to start Oct. 8, would produce the desired results.

Meanwhile, 69.9 percent said they would opt for physical vouchers, while 22.3 percent expressed a preference for digital vouchers.

The poll also shows 67.3 percent said they would use the vouchers to cover living expenses, while 26.8 percent and 20 percent indicated they would spend on food/beverage and tourist accommodation services, respectively.

Asked about "housing justice," 82.6 percent of respondents said they thought house prices in Taiwan were soaring unreasonably high.

Meanwhile, 73.3 percent said the government had been unsuccessful in curbing real estate speculation and house prices.

The telephone survey of 1,069 people from across Taiwan aged 20 years and above was conducted between Sept. 23 and Sept. 27. It had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel