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July survey showed trust high in Ma’s government


President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration has earned the trust of many of Taiwanese who believed it would reduce official corruption and improve public sector integrity, a Transparency International-Taiwan (TI-Taiwan) survey found.

The group’s lastest survey on clean governance, conducted in July and released by the Ministry of Justice on Monday, found that more than 58 percent of respondents had faith the government would be less corrupt in the coming years.

This was the first time that more than half of respondents to the annual survey voiced confidence in the government’s ability to deal with public sector corruption.

Ministry officials said the result could stem from the public’s wish for the government to be different from former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) administration.

Under a 1-10 rating system, with 10 representing the best score, civil servants and elected officials scored an average of 5 this year, compared to 4.88 last year.

Legislators finished third from the bottom with a score of 4.04. Local elected officials all received low scores, with county and city councilors averaging 4.15, and elected township representatives averaging 4.36.

The random phone survey of adults was conducted between July 4 and July 8. A total of 1,626 valid samples were collected and the survey had a margin of error of plus or minues 2.4 percentage points.

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