The public sees Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) as the best performer among 12 of the nation’s political leaders, while President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is ranked as the worst, according to an opinion poll released yesterday.
A Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey conducted by Taiwan Indicators Survey Research (TISR) this week was aimed at determining “favorability” of the politicians — defined as the public’s general impressions of the person’s personal characteristics and how “likable” (好感度) they are.
The Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Chen scored a favorability rating of 72.5 percent, while Ma, a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) member, earned a 65.9 percent dissatisfaction rating.
Photo taken from Facebook
Independent Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) came in second behind Chen in terms of favorability with 71 percent, followed by DPP Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) with 65.3 percent, KMT Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) with 63.6 percent, New Taipei City Mayor and KMT Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) with 62.1 percent and DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) with 60.9 percent.
Scoring less well were new Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) — a former DPP legislator — who received 53.6 percent, former Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) of the KMT with 35.2 percent and Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) of the DPP — a former minister of the now-defunct Government Information Office — with 34.4 percent.
Three top KMT politicians rounded out the bottom of the favorability rankings: Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) with 28.1 percent, Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) with 22.2 percent and Ma with just 21.8 percent.
Far fewer respondents expressed dissatisfaction with Chen (13.4 percent) or Ko (15.4 percent) compared with Ma and his 65.9 percent rating.
The survey of Taiwanese aged 20 year-old or above was conducted from Monday to Wednesday using computer-
assisted telephone interviewing and random-digit-dial systems. A total of 1,006 valid surveys were collected.
The survey has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.
PROTECTION: The New Taipei City mayor said a pass could cover stores, but not eateries, while Ko Wen-je said vaccinated people could be exempted from some rules Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) on Saturday proposed implementing a “COVID-19 pass” regulation that would allow only vaccinated people into certain areas. New Taipei City is planning to require a “COVID-19 pass” for entry to “vulnerable spaces” to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Hou said. Non-students entering elementary schools in New Taipei City are required to show their COVID-19 vaccination cards or proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. This is for the protection of students under the age of 12, who are not eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, city officials have said. The
PAPERS, PLEASE: A digital certificate or a printout would return one of three results: green for ‘pass,’ red for ‘not passed’ or yellow for ‘to be determined,’ the CECC said Starting today, people can download a Digital COVID-19 Certificate, with the government now requiring people at night clubs, karaoke bars and other businesses in “eight major special establishment categories” to be fully vaccinated and present a vaccination certificate. The eight categories include dance venues, massage parlors, hostess bars and saunas. Customers and service personnel at the venues have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, as they can neither avoid contact with people nor strictly observe distancing guidelines, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said. As such, both groups are required to be fully vaccinated, meaning that they must have had at least a
LAWMAKERS RALLY: Beijing’s unlegislated actions breach international and WTO trade rules, and affect the basic principles of the EU single market, the letter said A group of 41 EU lawmakers on Tuesday condemned China for its political and economic coercion of Lithuania, and called on leaders of the bloc to demonstrate solidarity with Vilnius. The letter was initiated by Slovakian Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Miriam Lexmann, who is cochair of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China. “We, the undersigned members of the European Parliament, resolutely condemn political and economic coercion of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) against Lithuania,” the letter said. The letter addressed European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and
‘GOOD FRIEND’: The Slovenian prime minister said he had visited Taiwan four or five times, and that Taiwanese should have the right to determine their future The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday welcomed Slovenia’s plan to establish a representative office in Taiwan, after Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa revealed the plan in an interview with Indian TV station Doordarshan on Monday. Taiwan is a democratic country that respects international democratic standards and international laws, the Slovenian prime minister said in the interview. Slovenia and Taiwan are working on “exchanging representatives,” he said. “Of course, this will not be on the level of embassies. It will be on the same level as many of the EU member countries.” “When I spoke with our businessmen who are trading with Taiwan, they