Poll shows William Lai overtaking Tsai Ing-wen, Ko Wen-je for Taiwan's 2020 race

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- On the day former Premier William Lai (賴清德) officially announced his participation in party primaries after submitting his application to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), a poll shows Lai would overtake President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-jei (柯文哲) for the 2020 presidential election.

The independence-leaning think tank, Taiwan Brain Trust (TBT), released a poll on Monday, March 18, which indicated that 50.9 percent of voters said they would vote for William Lai, outrunning Tsai (29.2 percent) by double digits.

The latest poll also says that Lai is the voters' first choice for a presidential candidate, regardless of whoever else is entering the race.

When looking at the demographic makeup of survey respondents, Lai garners higher support from DPP voters than Tsai by five percentages.

Lai outshines other KMT hopefuls in the poll too, including former New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫), the country's longest-serving Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), and KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義).

Lai also beats independent Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je in the poll.

TBT conducted this poll from March 12 to March 13, prior to Lai's announcement of his presidential bid.

The margin of error is 3.0 percentage points.