2012 ELECTIONS: Yahoo-Kimo poll gives Tsai huge lead

By Jake Chung  /  Staff Reporter

Sun, Dec 18, 2011 - Page 1

An instant online poll conducted by Yahoo-Kimo (雅虎奇摩) on the second televised presidential debate yesterday found 67 percent of respondents thought Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) performed best.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) received 16 percent and 15 percent of the votes for their performances in the debate respectively, according to the poll.

Two percent of the respondents said they were undecided or had no opinion.

The poll asked: “Whose performance in the presidential debate was the best?”

As of 10pm, 12,968 people voted that Tsai performed best, 3,167 were in favor of Ma and 2,973 in favor of Soong’s performance.

Yahoo-Kimo deputy general manager Chiu Ying-hui (邱瀅憓) was quoted by online news source NOWnews as commenting that “continued observations of online polls show that voters in the 19-30 age group took up 19.56 percent of votes cast, making them the second-largest group in the Yahoo-Kimo 2012 presidential poll, which departs from the common perception that the younger generation is colder toward political issues.”

“It is evident that the cyber-age younger generation users are not only adept at using Internet tools that they are familiar with to express their concern on public matters, but are also glad to actively express their opinions,” she added.

“This could also become a reference for presidential candidates for when they are setting election strategies at the final hour,” Chiu said.