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TVBS poll gives Ko 68 percent

TVBS poll gives Ko 68 percent

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A total of 68 percent of citizens approved of Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je’s performance after almost a month in power, according to an opinion poll for cable station TVBS.
Ko took office last December 25 after winning the November 29 mayoral election with more than 57 percent of the vote. His first-month performance has included disputes with several major corporations about construction projects.
A total of 68 percent of citizens were satisfied with Ko so far, while 13 percent were not and 18 percent voiced no opinion, said a TVBS survey released Friday.
When split up according to the party allegiance of respondents, supporters of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party, which backed Ko in the election, approved of him by 90 percent. A total of 70 percent of independent voters praised him while even 48 percent of Kuomintang supporters expressed approval, according to the TVBS survey.
About his review of major construction projects, 69 percent of respondents said he was only investigating whether there were problems with the deals, while 10 percent said he was really looking for trouble to blame on the previous KMT city administration.
The poll also found that 70 percent of the respondents trusted their mayor, while 15 percent did not. A total of 63 percent liked him, 18 percent disliked him, and 20 percent voiced no opinion.
A similar poll by the Want Want China Times media group found 62.9 percent approved of Ko. His disputes with major corporations received 57.2 percent support, with 23.3 percent disapproving.
According to city government data, previous Mayor Hau Lung-bin received an approval rating of 62 percent a month into his second term in 2011, with 25 percent dissatisfied with his performance.
Since being sworn in, Ko rapidly ordered the removal of a bus lane which had been unused for eight years and drew up a list of illegal structures to be torn down because they posed a danger to public safety.
Over the past week, his quarrels with powerful business groups such as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. and the Farglory Group over build-operate-transfer projects in the capital earned him high visibility.
DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen said the new mayor enjoyed high support from the public in his efforts to uncover past questionable practices.


Updated : 2021-09-27 12:32 GMT+08:00