Wed, Nov 26, 2003 - Page 4 News List

Support for Chen drops seven points

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

Four months before the presidential election, President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) popularity has suffered a decline but he maintains majority support, according to a Cabinet poll.

The poll, conducted by the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission between Nov. 10 and Nov. 11, showed that 52 percent found Chen's performance over the past three-and-a-half years to be "very satisfactory" or "fairly satisfactory."

Thirty-two percent of respondents said it was "unsatisfactory" or "very unsatisfactory."

A previous survey conducted by the commission in May showed that more than 59 percent said they were satisfied with Chen's performance, while 35.7 percent said they were not.

The popularity of Premier Yu Shyi-kun and his Cabinet colleagues also suffered a slight downturn, with 57 percent of those polled saying they were satisfied with Yu's performance, while 20 percent said they were not satisfied.

Forty-six percent of respondents said they were satisfied with the Cabinet's performance while 24 percent were not satisfied.

Turning to government performance in specific categories, respondents said they were most satisfied with the government's record in protecting the environment (76 percent).

This was followed by the promotion of health and hygiene (67 percent), the safeguarding of human rights (60 percent) and welfare (58 percent).

Other areas enjoying majority support were the safeguarding of national security (57 percent), improving administrative efficiency (53 percent) and handling natural disasters (52 percent).

The survey questioned 1,159 adults.

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