The DPP released a poll yesterday showing that support for the pan-blue-backed candidate in the Hualien County commissioner by-election, Hsieh Shen-shan (
The poll showed the number of undecided voters has increased -- a move expected to favor DPP hopeful You Ying-lung (
DPP Secretary-General Chang Chun-hsiung (
Chang said the latest poll shows a sharp decline in Hsieh's support and a surge in the number of undecided voters.
According to the DPP, the poll revealed that Wu, a former Hualien County commissioner with support from the PFP grassroots, enjoys a high degree of invisible support.
"The election has turned into a complete three-way competition with each candidate being well-matched in strength," Chang said.
The blue camp has tried to position the election as a party-to-party contest with the DPP in a bid to marginalize the independent Wu. The DPP, meanwhile, wants to reduce the differences of strength between Hsieh and Wu so that You, a three-time candidate for the commissioner post, can cash in on the split in the opposition camp.
"We not only found the election has become a triangular race among three well-matched candidates, we also saw that 67.8 percent of the poll respondents recognized that Ilan, governed by the DPP, has better developments than Hualien, a sign that Hualien residents want a transition of power from the KMT to the DPP," Chang said.
Responding to the green camp's poll, Hsieh's spokesperson, Ho Hung-jung (
"This kind of poll result from the DPP was not unexpected. Any poll done by political parties is usually just a reference tool for their internal adjustment," Ho said. "It's obvious that the DPP simply treated the poll as a campaign maneuver. There is no accuracy in this poll at all."
Ho said that all the other polls done by the media or pundits revealed that Hsieh still enjoys a lead in the race.
"The DPP would certainly want to see Wu having a steady rise of support and the distance between Hsieh and You shortened," Ho said.
Wu's campaign spokesperson, Chung Yi-wen (
"We have to treat these poll results by political parties with skepticism. On the one hand, if we believe the KMT, Wu's support would only account for 8 percent instead of the 13 he has now. On the other hand, we are suspicious of the validity of the DPP's poll. If DPP polling was correct, You would have already won the past two Hualien County elections," Chung said.
"The KMT will not forget that, during the 2000 presidential campaign, Lien Chan's (
Although Wu is running independently and has few political resources, he believes he enjoys a high degree of invisible support, Chung said.
"Do not underestimate the wisdom of the Hualien voters," he said.