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Porn star row hits Ko’s ratings

Porn star row hits Ko’s ratings

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The row over card covers showing a Japanese porn star has caused a severe dent in Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je’s popularity, according to an opinion poll released Saturday.
After the city-controlled EasyCard Corporation announced last month it would sell two card covers showing Japanese actress Yui Hatono, critics said the choice was inappropriate. As a result, the company sold its cards online in a sale which lasted barely four hours.
The issue flared up again over the past week when the city government admitted that 3,000 cards had been reserved and released a list of city councilors who had ordered copies. In the ensuing row, Kuomintang councilor William Hsu insulted Ko, leading to a new escalation of the issue. Amid the conflict, it was announced that EasyCard Chairman Tai Chi-chuan would step down but hold on to his position as company CEO. He then took immediate unpaid leave.
According to an opinion poll by cable station TVBS issued Saturday, Ko’s approval rating was still standing at 50 percent, but the apparently high figure signified a sharp decline from the 70 percent the outspoken mayor still scored in a similar poll in March.
After the councilor name list was released this week, only 26 percent of respondents were satisfied with the way Ko had handled the porn star issued, compared with 29 percent before, while the number of people dissatisfied had grown from 44 percent to 55 percent.
Tai’s standing also took a hit, with the number of respondents demanding his resignation rising from 27 percent before the name list was published to 45 percent afterward. The percentage of respondents who thought Tai could stay on fell from 54 percent to 35 percent. Tai has been replaced by holding company chief Kenneth Lin in an acting capacity, but the new chairman is expected to be confirmed at a board meeting before the end of September.
While the controversy over the cards has hit Ko, the mayor’s willingness to speak his mind on the issues and take measures still received an approval rating of 70 percent, according to the TVBS poll.
The survey was conducted on September 17 and 18 and received 806 valid replies with a margin of error of 3.5 percent.


Updated : 2021-09-29 06:22 GMT+08:00