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DPP poll gives Ma 40.5 out of 100

DPP poll gives Ma 40.5 out of 100

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Ma Ying-jeou only deserves 40.5 points out of a hundred, according to an opinion poll presented by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party Tuesday on the sixth anniversary of his coming to power.
Ma was first elected president in early 2008, but short after his re-election to his second and final term with more than half the vote in 2012, his approval ratings in the opinion polls tumbled as far as 9 percent.
According to the DPP survey, the public was the most dissatisfied with Ma’s performance on closing the gap between rich and poor, stabilizing prices, handling social movements, developing the economy and protecting the nation’s sovereignty.
The poll asked questions about 12 categories, including foreign relations, defense and relations with China, but Ma failed to make the grade in any of those domains, DPP spokesman Lin Chun-hsien said.
Ma’s failure to contain the wealth gap saddled him with a rating of 31.2 points in the poll, with 32.8 percent for his policies on controlling prices, which have risen significantly over the past few years, especially for food. His attitude toward the social movements, which gained strong prominence with the March 18-April 10 occupation of the Legislative Yuan against the Cross-Straits Service Trade Act, received a rating of 34. Economic development during the Ma years won 36.9 points and national sovereignty 37.4 points, according to the DPP poll.
His highest marks were for fighting corruption, but they also only reached 43.9 points, or short of passing, the DPP said.
Premier Jiang Yi-huah, who took office early last year, received 41 marks, or barely more than the overall 40.5 for Ma, Lin said.
The opposition spokesman said that even on the sixth anniversary of his inauguration, the president knew nothing better but to blame his opponents for his problems. His attitude proved he did not understand why the public was dissatisfied with him, Lin said, adding that the president never blamed himself, causing the public to become ever more disappointed.
The poll was conducted on May 14-15 and resulted in 1,049 valid samples with a margin of error at 3.1 percent, the DPP said.
Ma and the Kuomintang he still chairs will face a major popularity test on November 29, when voters all over Taiwan will cast their ballots for city mayors, county magistrates and councilors. The president’s unpopularity has given the DPP hope it can win more than half the mayoral and magistrate positions.


Updated : 2021-04-18 15:02 GMT+08:00