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Ma’s approval rate climbs 5.7% in one month, to 40.3%

Staff Writer, with CNA

President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) approval rating has risen to more than 40 percent this month, the second-highest since he assumed the presidency in May 2008, according to the results of a survey conducted by a local magazine that were announced on Thursday.

The poll, conducted by Global View magazine, shows that Ma’s approval rating was 40.3 percent, up 5.7 percentage points from the previous month, second only to the 40.7 percent recorded in June 2009.

In contrast, the disapproval rating for Ma was 47.6 percent. a drop of 7.1 percentage points from the previous month.

Analyzing the trend of the past year, the magazine said the president’s approval rating has shown an overall rise.

About 47.2 percent of the people surveyed also said they have faith in Ma’s performance, up 3.6 percentage points from the previous month, which compared with a lack of faith rating of 36.2 percent.

The gap in faith regarding Ma’s performance has widened to 11 percentage points, but whether such a trend will continue remains to be seen, the magazine said.

It said that both Ma’s approval rating and the public’s faith in him have risen because the economy has continued to recover.

In addition, reports of generous year-end bonuses in the private sector have also given rise to optimism that the country is firmly on the road to economic recovery.

Meanwhile, although the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) enjoys an absolute majority in the legislature, the approval rating of the overall performance of KMT lawmakers was 25.5 percent this month, up 0.9 percentage points from the previous month.

This compared with a disapproval rating of 55.3 percent, down 2.7 percentage points.

The overall approval rating for KMT legislators has fallen within the 20 percent to 30 percent range over the past 30 months, according to the poll results.

“This indicates that even though the legislature has approved such major bills as health insurance premium reform, the public’s perception of the overall performance of the KMT legislators has not notably improved,” an official at the magazine’s survey research center said.

The poll was conducted on Sunday and Monday and collected 1,012 effective samples, with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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