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KMT decides on round 2 of presidential primary

KMT decides on round 2 of presidential primary

Taipei, June 5 (CNA) The opinion polls on Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (???) -- the only candidate qualified for the ruling Kuomintang's presidential primary -- will be comprised of a 50 percent "approval" survey and a 50 percent "comparison" survey, KMT Secretary-General Lee Shu-chuan (???) said Friday. The "approval" poll will focus on Hung's support rating alone while the "comparison" poll will compare her support rating with that of Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party and the only candidate from the opposition parties who have a chance of winning the election next January. The polls will be conducted on June 12 and 13. It remained unknown whether the approval poll will preclude those who are inclined to vote for the opposition candidate. According to KMT rules, if Hung fails to win at least 30 percent support in opinion polls, the KMT can decide not to nominate her and can draft another candidate. According to a TVBS poll conducted June 2-3, in a three-way race between Hung, Tsai and independent candidate Shih Ming-teh, Hung garnered 31 percent support compared with 32 percent for Tsai and 2 percent for Shih. Hung's performance has significantly improved from the previous poll conducted May 20 and 21, when she only received 17-percent support in the three-way race. Asked if they would vote for Hung, 33 percent of respondents said they would and 37 percent said they would not. Hung has previously collected enough signatures of party members to become the only candidate to emerge from the first round of the KMT presidential primary.
(By Claudia Liu and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-27 04:23 GMT+08:00