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Jason Hu’s disapproval rating exceeds 40%: poll

FIX OUR STREETS:The poll showed that Greater Taichung residents were most dissatisfied with the sorry state of road repair in the special municipality

By Rich Chang  /  Staff Reporter

Taichung Mayor Jason Hu, right, addresses a meeting at city hall in Greater Taichung yesterday.

Photo: CNA

A recent poll conducted by the Greater Taichung Government shows that Taichung Mayor Jason Hu’s (胡志強) disapproval has surpassed 40 percent, prompting the mayor to say that he regarded the results as a “warning.”

The Greater Taichung Government conducted the first survey on its performance since Taichung City and Taichung County merged to become a special municipality in December last year.

The poll showed that 52 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with Hu’s performance, against 41.9 percent who said they were dissatisfied.

The once-untouchable Hu narrowly defeated his Democratic Progressive Party opponent, Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), in the special municipality elections on Nov. 27 last year.

Close to 53 percent of respondents, meanwhile, said they were satisfied with the municipal government’s performance, while 37.4 percent were dissatisfied, the poll showed.

“The disapproval ratings for [me] and the city government are both about 40 percent, which serves as a warning to me and the city government,” Hu said yesterday.

“I am confident that if I do things well and residents of the city feel this is happening, the approval ratings will improve,” he said.

The poll showed that residents were most dissatisfied with “road maintenance and repair.”

Only 26. 8 percent of respondents were satisfied.

The municipality’s administrative efficiency scored best, with a 72.7 percent approval rate. A little less than 71 percent of respondents looked favorably on the municipality’s sightseeing and tourism facilities

The poll was conducted between June 16 and June 22 with 1,248 samples collected and a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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