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Survey indicates Hu faces tough battle in Taichung

LOOKING FOR SILVER LININGJason Hu acknowledged the results of a recent poll were a warning signal but said that they would only serve to make him work harder

By Vincent Y. Chao  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) election prospects in Greater Taichung area appear to have taken a turn for the better recently, after a poll suggested that its candidate was rapidly gaining on Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強).MOMENTUM

Hoping to continue the momentum, the opposition party plans to send one of its top election strategists, former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), to shore up support in the area, as well as hold its annual party celebrations in the city next Tuesday.

A meeting by senior party officials in Taipei City yesterday confirmed that the DPP candidate, Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), previously considered a long-shot in the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) stronghold, was quickly gaining on his opponent and had a chance of winning the Nov. 27 poll.

Hu, under pressure following high-profile crimes in the city and falling public support, yesterday acknowledged that the results of a recent survey by the Chinese-language China Times were a warning signal but said that they would “only make me work harder.”

The poll, released on Saturday, showed that Hu’s lead had shorted to just 6 percent, with 41 percent support against 35 percent for Su. Previous surveys had consistently shown a double-digit lead.

LAW AND ORDER

In an effort to shore up his law and order image, Hu announced yesterday that contrary to public opinion, crime statistics for the first eight months of this year were at a 15-year low.

He called the figures, compiled by the Taichung City Government, one of his major accomplishments.

Su, a former minister of the interior and Pingtung County commissioner, has been highlighting his law and order background, saying that he successfully turned Pingtung, a former haven for criminals, into a successful county based on fishing.

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