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Economic development tops new president's priority tasks: survey

Economic development tops new president's priority tasks: survey

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) Economic development is the most urgent problem Taiwan's new president, who will be elected next month, has to deal with after assuming office, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The survey by Taiwan Brain Trust (TBT), a private think tank, showed that 59.1 percent of the respondents said the issue should be addressed by the new president as his/her top priority, while 15.3 percent said it is social justice that should be handled first.

Other issues considered as the most urgent are improvement of government efficiency (11.7 percent), cross-Taiwan Strait relations(5.8 percent), and Taiwan's international status (3.1 percent), according to the survey.

In terms of public support for the three presidential tickets, the survey indicated that Tsai Ing-wen, presidential candidate of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and her running mate Chen Chien-jen enjoy a support rate of 51.1 percent, the highest in the four polls the TBT has conducted since July.

The support rate of Eric Chu of the Kuomintang (KMT) and his running mate Wang Ju-hsuan was 17.1 percent, and that of James Soong of the People First Party (PFP) and his running mate Hsu Hsin-ying stood at 12.9 percent.

The survey was conducted on Dec. 24-26 via telephone interviews on randomly selected people aged 20 and above across Taiwan. A total of 1,069 valid samples were collected, and the margin of error was plus and minus 3 percentage points. TBT is a pro-DPP think tank focusing on foreign policy, regional security, and cross-strait relations. (By Sophia Yeh and Elizabeth Hsu)

Updated : 2021-07-27 09:10 GMT+08:00