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Reshuffle boosts Tsai’s approval rating

HIGH EXPECTATIONS:The latest monthly poll conducted by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation found 69 percent of respondents approved of the Cabinet change

By Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporter

“The support for the KMT has dropped to its lowest since it came to Taiwan, and the NPP, which had a 15 percent support rate in July last year, is only a short way away from the 5 percent threshold [of legislator-at-large seats], suggesting the marginalization of small parties,” You said.

The Legislative Yuan received a 61.1 percent disapproval rating and a 29.5 percent approval rating.

Of the other branches, the Judicial Yuan’s ratings are 58.7 percent and 24.3 percent respectively; the Examination Yuan’s were 43.6 percent and 29.9 percent respectively and the Control Yuan’s were 55.3 percent and 24.6 percent respectively.

According to 53.6 percent of the respondents, the constitutional separation of the five powers should be revised, while 29.3 percent said it was unnecessary.

While 41.3 percent of the respondents said that former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), who has served more than six years of a 20-year prison term for corruption, did not receive a fair trial, 37.1 percent said he did.

The poll was conducted on Monday and Tuesday last week and collected 1,074 samples with a margin of error of 2.99 percentage points.

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