Polls put William Lai ahead of Tsai Ing-wen for presidential election

The former premier is favored as the DPP candidate over the incumbent president for the elections in January 2020

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William Lai (left) and Tsai Ing-wen (Photo/Lai's FB and wikimedia)

William Lai (left) and Tsai Ing-wen (Photo/Lai's FB and wikimedia)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s former Premier William Lai (賴清德) beat incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in the latest polls, using both smartphones and landlines, to decide who the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate should be.

According to the survey results released by Taiwan New Constitution Foundation (台灣制憲基金會) on Friday (May 17), Lai garnered 50 percent support against Tsai’s 32.9 percent via landline, while cellphone users also favored Lai (45.7 percent) over Tsai (38.2 percent).

In a scenario where candidates from the Kuomintang (KMT), DPP, and independent camp are battling it out for the presidency, with, respectively, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), William Lai, and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) taking part, Han is currently in the lead over the other two according to poll results from both smartphone users and landline respondents.

Landline poll results indicate Han (35.2 percent), Lai (33.8 percent), and Ko (25.3 percent). Cellphone poll results suggest Han (31.6 percent), Ko (31.5 percent), and Lai (28.4%).

If Tsai replaces Lai as the DPP candidate, the poll results still project that Han is the frontrunner among the three. In the landline and cellphone polls, Han claimed 35.4 percent and 33.8 percent, while Tsai received 33.8 percent and 30.2 percent.

On the question of, “Who is the least favored to become Taiwan’s new president?” the two that stood out were Han and Tsai, reported Taiwan People News. Here, 33.6 percent and 32 percent of landline respondents, did not wish to see Han or Tsai elected. Meanwhile, 29 percent and 28.2 percent of cellphone users were against the two.

The polls were conducted by Trend Polls (趨勢民調) between May 14-15 with 1,068 samples. The results indicate a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.