Online poll asks: Who can defend Taiwan's sovereignty, Tsai Ing-wen or Han Kuo-yu?

After 6 hours and 32,000 votes, Facebook users favor Tsai to safeguard sovereignty over Han 80% to 20%

Image from Hssszn Facebook poll

Image from Hssszn Facebook poll

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In a poll giving insight into attitudes of Taiwanese internet users toward the 2020 election, the news organization Hssszn News (Hssszn 讚新聞) is carrying out week-long poll asking the question “Between Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), who can defend Taiwan’s sovereignty?”

Polling after only six hours, with over 32,000 votes, suggests that Taiwanese Facebook users do not have confidence in Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu to safeguard the country’s sovereignty.

As of publication, trust in presidential incumbent Tsai Ing-wen’s capability to defend Taiwan’s independence towers over Mayor Han’s at 80 percent in favor of Tsai, and 20 percent in favor of Han.

According to some reports, Han’s base of support is comprised of many older voters, who are probably less likely to participate in online polling. However, the poll, which will continue for six more days, may be a good indication of how younger Taiwanese view the prospect of a potential Han presidency.

In polling of the wider population through telephone, Hssszn News reported on May 16 that Tsai Ing-wen, when paired in a three way match against Han Kuo-yu and Taipei Mayor Ke Wenzhi (柯文哲), manages 25 percent support, versus Han’s 31.5 percent, and Ke’s 24.1 percent.

When Tsai is replaced in the hypothetical match-up with former premier William Lai, who is her current challenger for the Democratic Progressive Party’s nomination, Lai receives 25.5 percent of the vote, only a marginal 0.5 percent higher than Tsai. In the potential match against Lai, Han received 29.1 percent and Ke received 26.5 percent.

DPP Primary candidates William Lai and Tsai Ing-wen (CNA Photo)