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Taipei mayor at bottom of public satisfaction survey

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff Reporter

Miaoli County Commissioner Liu Cheng-hung (劉政鴻) and Hualien County Commissioner Fu Kun-chi (傅崑萁) were yesterday again awarded top scores in Global Views Monthly magazine’s annual survey of public satisfaction with the administrative performance of local government bosses, while Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) was at the bottom of the list.

Both Liu, a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) member, and Fu, an independent, were rated five stars in last year’s survey, and they maintained their top rating this year.

Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was also awarded five stars — the only mayor of the five special municipalities to receive the top score.

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) of the DPP received four-and-a-half stars.

Touted as one of the KMT’s most promising politicians, Hau’s public satisfaction rate fell from three-and-a-half stars last year to three stars this year. Another star KMT politician, New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫), received three-and-a-half stars.

Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) of the KMT, who was ranked bottom of the list last year, received three-and-a-half stars.

Another mayor who received only three stars was Keelung Mayor Chang Tong-rong (張通榮) of the KMT. Changhua County Commissioner Cho Po-yuan (卓伯源) of the KMT showed progress in public satisfaction by receiving four-and-a-half stars.

An analysis by Global Views Monthly said Liu, Fu and Cho received great ratings because of their dedication to local construction, including organizing various activities to promote local products and tourism.

The survey attributed Hau’s falling ratings mostly to the controversy surrounding a recent urban renewal project in Taipei’s Shilin District (士林) which sparked waves of protest.

Several KMT Taipei City councilors yesterday expressed concern about Hau’s low public satisfaction rating and urged him to improve the city’s development to boost his support.

“We take all the survey results as a reference, and my team will continue to work hard and make Taipei a better city,” Hau said at the Taipei City Council.

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