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Tainan City’s Lai tops satisfaction poll
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-07-19 12:58 PM
With a year or so to go before the 7-in-1 election of 2014, another indicator of the political mindset among the electorate in Taiwan has been revealed with the release of a poll on citizen satisfaction with the heads of 22 cities and counties across the island. Coming out on top was Tainan City Mayor William Lai, where the survey showed a satisfaction rate of 87%, while bringing up the rear were Nantou County Magistrate Li Chao-ching and Keelung Mayor Chang Tong-rong.

In an unrelated poll, the "2013 Happiness Survey of Cities in Taiwan ",conducted jointly by the Taiwan Competitiveness Forum and the Want Want China Times Media Group, found the highest level of contentment in the offshore island of Kinmen at 75.8 (out of 100 points), followed by Lienchiang County – aka Mazu – in second and Hakka-dominated Hsinchu County ranked third. Hualien County rose from the seventh spot last year to fourth place this time around, while Miaoli County just made it into the top five.

Tainan City’s Lai took the top spot in the satisfaction poll, followed by Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-chi at 81.7%, and three others posted better than 75%: Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu, Taitung County Magistrate Lin Tsung-hsien and Yilan County Magistrate Huang Chien-ting.

Five of the top ten heads in the rankings are DPP members, four are KMT, and one, Hualien County’s Fu Kun-chi, is an independent. Overall the Green Camp fared better than the blues, with only Yunlin County Magistrate Su Chih-fen falling outside the top ten.

The biggest shifts in the list were Eric Chu of Xinbeishi, whose rating improved from 53% last year to 65% this year and Changhua County Magistrate Cho Po-yuan, who slipped from fifth last year to fifteenth this year, probably mostly due to scandals involving his brother.

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