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DPP poll finds 66 percent hope for Cabinet reshuffle

NOT SATISFIED Only the Council of Agriculture and Ministry of Education received approval ratings higher than 50 percent, the DPP’s poll center said

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

A year end opinion poll conducted by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) found that 62 percent of respondents were unhappy with the Cabinet’s performance, while 66 percent hoped for a Cabinet reshuffle, the party said yesterday.

Only 33 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with the Cabinet’s performance, DPP Public Opinion Survey Center director Chen Chun-lin (陳俊麟) told a press conference yesterday.

The public gave Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) a failing grade, Chen said.

Minister of Economic Affairs Yiin Chii-ming’s (尹啟銘) approval rating was lowest and Minister of Finance Lee Sush-der (李述德) ranked second-worst.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Francisco Ou (歐鴻鍊) was third-lowest, Chairwoman of Council of Labor Affairs Jennifer Wang (王如玄) fourth-lowest and Minister of National Defense Chen Chao-min (陳肇敏) fifth-lowest, Chen said.

Only the Council of Agriculture and the Ministry of Education received approval ratings higher than 50 percent, Chen said.

Seventy-one percent of survey respondents said their private assets had shrunk this year and 65 percent said their standard of living had worsened.

Ninety-five percent of respondents said they felt the effects of the economic downturn, while 62 percent said they were generally unhappy, Chen said.

The DPP said it estimated based on the poll that 2.7 million people had seen their salary shrink.

The telephone survey was conducted by the Public Opinion Survey Center on Thursday and Friday.

Chen said more than 70 percent were pessimistic about the future, saying they expected their lives to be worse next year than this year.

A total of 973 valid samples were collected in the survey.

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