The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) emerged triumphant in the National Assembly elections because the party struck the right note with supporters, motivating them with a sense of crisis as well as a show of unity in the final week, according to a DPP official's analysis.
"In fact, the DPP [campaign] hinged on two areas in this election from the very beginning. One was our support for passing the constitutional amendments and the other was that we opposed the pan-blue leaders' ingratiating themselves with China," said DPP Spokesman Cheng Wen-tsan (
"However, Chinese Nationalist Party ( KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) and People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong's (宋楚瑜) visits to China overwhelmed the focus of the campaign and `China fever' cut into our support rating a lot at one point," Cheng said.
During Lien's trip to China, Cheng said, the DPP's support rating fell below the KMT's. Support even dropped to its lowest point ever when Lien returned to Taiwan on May 3 with a communique he had signed with Chinese President Hu Jintao (
Despite the party's slump in the polls, the DPP noticed that their traditional supporters were not defecting to the TSU, which opposed passage of the constitutional amendments the National Assembly will consider, Cheng said.
"Further analysis found that our supporters were not pleased with President Chen Shui-bian's (
Some questioned whether it was appropriate for Chen to reveal so much inside information during the TV interviews, including details about his relationship with former president Lee Teng-hui (
Cheng said Chen's TV interviews cooled the recent `China fever' and united DPP members on the constitutional reforms.
"Premier Frank Hsieh (
Moreover, in view of past experience showing that partisans' ballots were the key to saving the party in an election with low voter turnout, Su -- disregarding the opposition of other party officials -- decided to announce the DPP's slide in the polls 10 days before the election. The decision sparked a sense of crisis among DPP partisans and motivated them to get out and vote, despite the pouring rain on polling day.
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