The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) finished first and second respectively in a survey of public satisfaction and support rates for Taiwan’s major political parties, a forecasting institution said yesterday in a press release.
With a satisfaction rate of 52.1 percent and a support rate of 54 percent, the DPP led all six parties in the survey, according to xfuture.org, an electronic exchange at the Center for Prediction Markets at National Chengchi University, which uses a methodology similar to that used in futures markets.
The TSU ranked second in both categories with a satisfaction rate of 42 percent and a support rate of 48.5 percent.
The ranking of the six major political parties in both categories were the same, with the Green Party of Taiwan, a small party with no legislative seats, third in both categories, beating the fourth-placed People First Party (PFP).
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) only achieved a satisfaction rate of 33.1 percent and a support rate of 30.9 percent, closely edging out the New Party to avoid finishing in last place.
The bimonthly survey ran from June 26 to Friday.
According to the institution’s press release, the KMT also ranked fifth in its previous survey in April.
Results from other parts of the survey were also not encouraging for the party, with KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who is also president, ranked last in the categories of satisfaction and support among the leaders of four parties — the DPP, the KMT, the TSU and the PFP, according to xfuture.org.
Only 36 percent of the “traders” considered Ma’s performance as satisfactory and his support rate was only 24.7 percent, the survey showed.
DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) ranked first in support at 49.8 percent, while TSU Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) led the satisfaction rate with 43 percent.