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Apple Daily: James Soong as pan-blue camp's new leader

Apple Daily: James Soong as pan-blue camp's new leader

A day before James Soong (???) announced his presidential bid (on Aug. 6), CommonWealth Magazine published a survey showing that Tsai Ing-wen (???) of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) had a 42 percent to 17 percent lead over the ruling Kuomintang's Hung Hsiu-chu (???). The survey was based on more than 11,000 responses, making it more credible than other polls. The day after Soong announced his bid, the United Daily News released the results of another poll, in which Tsai, Soong and Hung garnered 36 percent, 24 percent and 17 percent support, respectively. Soong has become the new choice to compete with Tsai. Political analysts once believed that the pan-blue camp had 55 percent support nationally compared with 45 percent for the pan-green camp. But that structure no longer represents reality, evidenced by independent Ko Wen-je's (???) 200,000-vote victory over the KMT's Sean Lien (???) in last year's Taipei mayoral election. Soong obviously wants to capitalize on the trend. He has repeatedly emphasized his intention to go beyond the blue-green divide, and has also tried to present a young image and actively befriended Ko in an attempt to win over voters. Although Soong is from the pan-blue camp, he does not need to shoulder the responsibility of President Ma Ying-jeou's performance over the past eight years. Without that burden, Soong is better able than any other pan-blue candidate to attract neutral and young voters. The fast flow of information will intensify the "dump Hung, save Soong" effect within the pan-blue camp. Hung will be hard-pressed to obtain 2.92 million votes as Lien Chan (??) did in the 2000 presidential race, when he ran a distant third to the DPP's Chen Shui-bian and Soong. Although staunch pan-blue supporters will feel pity for Hung, they will not hesitate to transfer their votes to Soong in order to prevent the DPP from returning to power. (Editorial abstract -- Aug. 8, 2015) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-24 11:03 GMT+08:00