Dissatisfaction with Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou on the rise: Poll

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Dissatisfaction with President Ma Ying-jeou has risen to almost 70 percent, a poll by Taiwan Indicators Survey Research revealed Friday.
According to the latest edition of its Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey, the public’s rate of dissatisfaction with the president had risen to 69.2 percent from 66.3 percent in just half a month. The proportion of people satisfied with Ma’s performance had also risen, but only slightly, to 20.7 percent from 19 percent.
A total of 55.5 percent of the public felt they couldn’t trust the president, according to the survey.
Premier Jiang Yi-huah, who took office last month, had a stable satisfaction rate of 20.5 percent, but dissatisfaction with his performance rose strongly to 35.6 percent from 29.6 percent only two weeks earlier, the poll showed.
Asked for their opinions about the nation’s two major political parties, only 27.5 percent felt good about Ma’s Kuomintang, while 47 percent said they disapproved of the party, a rise of 3.7 percent compared to the previous party. The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party received a positive rating of 33.9 percent, a rise of 3.2 percent, compared to a negative rating of 34.9 percent.
The poll came amid the debate over the fourth nuclear plant, which was likely to face a national referendum before the end of the year. Other opinion polls showed strong opposition to the project, which has been promoted by the Kuomintang for decades.
However, respondents were polled before allegations of corruption emerged against Taipei City Councilor Lai Su-ru, a Ma confidante. Prosecutors accuse her of accepting bribes from the developer of the Taipei Twin Towers project in return for support at the city council.
TISR conducted the survey by phone on March 26-27. A total of 1,004 citizens from the age of 20 were successfully interviewed with a margin of error at 3.1 percent, the organization said.
Ma was re-elected for a second term as president on January 14, 2012 with more than 50 percent of the vote, but his poll ratings soon slumped to hit record lows of around 13 percent for most of last year.
The Taiwan Mood Barometer Survey also asked citizens about relations with the United States and China. US President Barack Obama received the trust of 44.9 percent of respondents, while 28.5 percent did not trust him.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who only took office earlier this month, was trusted by only 19 percent of Taiwanese poll respondents, and distrusted by 34.4 percent.