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DPP poll shows narrow majority oppose recall bid

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Fifty-three percent of the public do not think President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) should be recalled over a spate of corruption allegations, according to the results of a new survey released by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday.

The resulted showed that 34.5 percent were in favor of such a move. While 66.2 percent of respondents said the Cabinet should not be toppled, 17.1 percent of those polled endorsed such a move, the survey showed.

Of the respondents who said they were DPP supporters, 93.6 percent thought that Chen should not be recalled.

Among supporters of the People First Party (PFP), 73.4 percent said Chen should be recalled and 57.3 percent of those surveyed who said they were Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) supporters also endorsed a recall, while 60 percent opposed it.

A separate survey conducted by the Chinese-language newspaper, the United Daily News, on the same issue showed higher support for a recall.

According to a poll it released yesterday, about 48 percent of respondents said they agreed with recalling the president, while about 36 percent were opposed. Sixteen percent said they had no comment on the issue.

Meanwhile, as the pan-blue camp gears up to launch its recall motion in the special legislative session, a group of DPP legislators yesterday urged opposition parties to stop their campaign, saying the recall motion would cause the stock market to slump and destabilize the nation.

They issued a declaration urging KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) not to exploit the recall motion to compete for the leadership of the pan-blue camp with PFP Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜).

"The conflict between Ma and Soong is the real reason that Ma is pushing the recall," DPP Legislator Gao Ji-peng (高志鵬) said.

DPP Legislator Chao Yung-ching (趙永清) criticized Ma -- who has said that Chen would "die a horrible death" if he did not step down immediately -- saying that the KMT chairman was attempting to seize the presidency and did not seem to care about the interests of the public.

"Ma is just like a gang leader. He should pay more attention to bills that concern people's lives," Chao said.

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