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Public scorn legislators, post-election survey says


A poll released yesterday indicated a substantial majority of the public is unsatisfied with the performance of the current term of legislators.

The survey, conducted by Taiwan Thinktank, said that 62.5 percent of respondents, regardless of political preference, were dissatisfied with the performance of legislators. Only 19.1 percent of respondents said that legislators were performing in a satisfactory manner.

In terms of interaction between the Executive Yuan and the Legislature Yuan, 43.7 percent felt that the legislature was dominant while 23.5 percent thought the reverse was the case.

When asked which areas of legislative performance were most in need of improvement, 61.9 percent said that "craving for the media limelight and grandstanding" was the No.1 problem, followed by 46.3 percent who said "black gold."

A total of 42.3 percent questioned the professionalism of legislators while 40.4 percent called their efficiency into question.

Regarding the newly elected legislators who will take office on Feb. 1, 90.5 percent of respondents said they hoped lawmakers would focus on public issues and put aside partisan interests.

When asked who would be most capable of supervising the performance of legislators, 25.5 percent said civil organizations were the most capable, while 17.9 percent said media outlets.

Less than 10 percent of res-pondents believed that the legislature is capable of acting with discipline.

The poll was conducted between Dec. 21 and Dec. 23 with a total of 1,084 respondents.

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