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Women divided on candidates: poll

By Yu Sen-lun  /  STAFF REPORTER

Older women support the KMT Lien-Siew ticket (3s蕭配), a poll conducted by a women's group indicated yesterday. Middle-aged women prefer the independent Soong-Chang (宋張配) ticket, whereas women in their 20s said they intend to vote for the DPP's Chen-Lu ticket, the poll indicated.

The Awakening Foundation (婦?k新知基金會) yesterday published a gender analysis of a poll for the March 18 presidential election, designed to further understand gender-specific demands for the election campaign.

Peng Yen-wen (彭渰?), secretary-general of the foundation, said that although there was no unified preference among women voters, women of different age groups had favored candidates.

Of the poll's 919 respondents, 52.5 percent were women, and 47.5 percent were men.

Among those who had revealed their preferences -- men and women combined -- Soong-Chang supporters garnered 15.8 percent; the Chen-Lu ticket (3祐f配) came in second with 13.9 percent; and Lien-Siew garnered a support rate of 13 percent.

Female voters aged 20-29 were the strongest supporters of the DPP ticket. Support was even from voters aged 30-39 for the Chen-Lu ticket and the Soong-Chang ticket. Those in the 40-49 age bracket said they favored the Soong-Chang ticket and the Lien-Siew ticket. Women aged over 50 preferred Lien.

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