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Chen's approval rating drops to record low, TSU poll shows

Chen's approval rating drops to  record low, TSU poll shows

President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) approval rating has dropped to a new low of 5.8 percent, with 88 percent of the respondents saying they were dissatisfied with the performance of Chen's administration over the past six years, according to a survey released by the opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union.
Ho Min-hao (何敏豪), director of the TSU's policy committee, said that the survey was aimed at finding a direction for the government and was focused on providing fair monitoring of the Chen administration's performance.
Ho noted that the survey was conducted between May 5 and 12 among 69 civic groups, including women rights, human rights, community development, social welfare, labor and business groups.
While 27 percent of those polled said they hoped President Chen could devote the remaining two years of his term to improving Taiwan's economy, 20 percent said the government should strive to strengthen public order, while 20 percent expressed the hope of seeing the establishment of an uncorrupt government.
Around 10 percent of the respondents supported the platforms of drafting a new constitution and changing the country's official title from "Republic of China" to "Republic of Taiwan."
Commenting on the scandal-plagued Chen administration, over 82 percent of the respondents questioned the integrity of high-ranking officials and as high as 91.3 percent of the respondents said Chen should take responsibility for the corruption scandals over the past six years.
Among the 69 civic organizations polled, 64 percent said that the government has not worked hard enough to enhance the island's economic development over the past six years, while 72 percent disapproved of the level of Taiwan's public security.
Seventy-three percent of the respondents were pessimistic about the state of the average Taiwanese life, while 63 percent of the respondents felt the government has not been taking care of minority groups.
Noting the government has been unable to pay heed to domestic issues, Ho said that the respondents gave a failing mark of 57.5 percent to the Chen administration's overall performance over the past six years.
TSU Chairman Shu Chin-chiang (蘇進強) said the survey indicated, "Chen Shui-bian's accomplishments over the past six years have totally disappointed Taiwan's people."
As high as 74 percent of those polled said that since the Democratic Progressive Party came to power in 2000, the DPP administration has lost its spirit of defending Taiwan's sovereignty and Taiwan's local identity, the survey said.
While 69 percent of the respondents felt Chen's cross-strait policy has been inappropriate for the past six years, 60 percent expressed their approval for Chen's move to adjust cross-strait economic and trade policy to "proactive management, effective liberalization" with only 20 percent disagreeing with the adjustment.
In response to the poll, DDP promotions department director Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) said that the results could serve as a warning for Chen, noting that the DPP would review the statistics cautiously.
The DPP last Friday revealed the results of a survey showing that Chen's approval rating has risen from 18 percent to 33 percent after his recent visit to Paraguay and Costa Rica.


Updated : 2021-10-20 22:44 GMT+08:00