Support for premier falls: poll

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – While one out of two Taiwanese was satisfied with President Tsai Ing-wen’s performance, support for Premier Lin Chuan had fallen to 38 percent, a poll by Taiwan Indicators Survey Research showed Wednesday.
Tsai, Lin and their administration were sworn in on May 20 after scoring a landslide victory in presidential and legislative elections last January 16.
In less than a month’s time, Lin’s approval rating had slipped by 6.5 percent to 38.6 percent, with disapproval surging by 16.4 percent to 33.8 percent, according to the TISR survey. The polling organization interpreted the change as a warning to the Cabinet team that it had to improve its policy communication skills.
In contrast, 50.6 percent approved of President Tsai’s performance, with only 22.8 percent giving her a negative rating. The president won the trust of 57 percent of respondents, while 20 percent said they did not trust her.
TISR also asked for the public’s attitudes toward political parties. Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party received a positive rating from 56.7 percent of respondents, the Kuomintang, now turned into the main opposition, could count on the approval of 38.3 percent, and China’s Communist Party saw its rating at 29.9 percent, according to the poll.
Turning to the economy, 9.8 percent of respondents felt the economy was doing well, a rise of more than 3 percent, while 79.6 percent disagreed, a fall of 5.7 percent, TISR said.
The organization said it polled 1,005 people successfully on June 12 and 13 for a margin of error of 3.1 percent.