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KMT gains support with Chu as presidential candidate: poll

KMT gains support with Chu as presidential candidate: poll

Taipei, Oct. 18 (CNA) The ruling Kuomintang got an immediate bump in the public opinion polls with its selection Saturday of its chairman Eric Chu (???) as its 2016 presidential candidate, according to a survey by the Cross-Strait Policy Association (CSPA). The poll showed 21.9 percent support for Chu, compared with 18.5 percent for Hung Hsiu-chu (???), who was replaced Saturday at a special KMT congress as the party's presidential candidate. However, in a match up against the two opposition party candidates, the KMT's boost with Chu as its candidate was offset by an increase in the poll numbers for the leading candidate, Tsai Ing-wen (???) of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). If the election were held on Saturday, DPP Chairwoman Tsai would have gained 45.2 percent of the votes against Chu's 21.9 percent, and James Soong (???) of the People First Party (PFP) would have taken 13.8 percent, according to the poll. Against Hung, Tsai polled at 40.2 percent and Soong 14.1 percent. In a straight match between Tsai and Chu, the DPP presidential candidate would have obtained 54.4 percent of the votes, while Chu would have taken 27.2 percent, according to the poll. Prior to her withdrawal Saturday, Hung was polling at 21 percent against Tsai's 46 percent, according to a TVBS survey in early October. In forecasting the outcome of the Jan. 16, 2016 presidential election, 73.3 percent of the respondents in the CSPA poll projected Tsai as the winner, 8.7 percent picked Chu, and 2.1 percent chose Soong. With cross-strait relations remaining a key issue in the elections, 38.6 percent of people in Taiwan believe Tsai can do a better job of safeguarding Taiwan's interests in its interaction with China, 22.4 percent have more faith in Chu, and 13.9 percent trust Soong, according to the poll. Some 25.1 percent of the 1,077 respondents in the poll did not express an opinion on the issue. CSPA Secretary-General Hung Yao-nan (???) pointed out Sunday that according to the poll, Chu may not have an advantage in the area of cross-strait policy, despite his apparent attempt to challenge Tsai on that issue. (By S.P. Yeh and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-22 04:37 GMT+08:00