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Tainan mayor remains top performing local government head: poll

Tainan mayor remains top performing local government head: poll

Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (???) has maintained his place as the best performing head of a local government in Taiwan and also has the highest public approval rating, according to an annual survey published by CommonWealth magazine Tuesday. In the performance ratings, Lai scored 79.06 out of 100 points, followed by Lienchiang Magistrate Liu Tseng-ying (???), Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (??), Yilan Magistrate Lin Tsung-hsien (???) and Penghu Magistrate Chen Kuang-fu (???). Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???), who has been in the media spotlight since his election last November, was ranked ninth among the 22 city and county heads, according to the local leader performance survey. Ko said the survey indicated that there was still room for improvement. New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu(???) fell in the rankings from 15th last year to 20th this year, in the wake of an explosion at a water park in the city in June, which left 11 people dead and hundreds injured. The performance ranking is based on public opinion and the views of experts, comprising 80 percent and 20 percent, respectively.
In the public approval segment of the survey, Lai, who had been boycotting city council meetings for eight months in protest against alleged vote buying by Tainan city council speaker in the last local election, received a public approval rating of 88.1 percent, the highest among all the city and county heads. However, it was a 2.4 percentage point decline from last year, which the magazine attributed to strong public opposition to a rail project in the city. The drop occurred before the sharp escalation of dengue fever in the city over the past two weeks, the magazine noted. Lai said he appreciated the support of Tainan residents and that poll showed his city government team had not relaxed its efforts in his second term. In other cities and counties, some newly elected local government heads gained significantly higher public approval ratings than their predecessors, the magazine noted. For example, Keelung Mayor Lin You-chang's (???) approval rating was 53.3 percent, almost twice as high his predecessor Chang Tung-jung's (???) in last year's poll, the magazine said. Nantou Magistrate Lin Ming-chen (???) and Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (???), whose performance rankings were 16th and 17th, respectively, also had higher public approval ratings than their predecessors, according to the magazine. CommonWealth has been conducting the local leader approval survey every year since 2000. (By Sabine Cheng, Ku Chuan, Chang Jung-hsiang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-18 14:08 GMT+08:00