Poll shows Taiwan's ex-premier leads President Tsai by 12% in DDP presidential primary match-up

Among independent voters, 45 percent said they support Lai, compared to 37.5 percent who said they were for Han

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Ex-Premier William Lai. (CNA photo)

Ex-Premier William Lai. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Ex-Premier William Lai (賴清德) leads Kuomintang's (KMT) front runner, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), by 14.5 percentage points in a head-to-head presidential match-up, according to a new Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation (台灣民意基金會) poll.

A plurality of voters older than 20 years of age, 53 percent, said they’d choose Lai in the 2020 presidential election, while 38.5 percent of voters indicated they would vote for Han.

The percentage of Democratic Progressive Party (DDP) supporters who would choose Lai – 89.2 percent – was also higher than the 81.7 percent of KMT supporters who would vote for Han, the poll showed.

Among independent voters, 45 percent said they support Lai, compared to 37.5 percent who said they would support Han, according to the poll.

The poll also showed that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) now leads Han by 6 percentage points in a presidential match-up against Han, who led Tsai by 8.3 percentage points in the previous poll.

In a DDP presidential primary match-up, Lai leads Tsai by 12 percentage points, with Lai getting 49 percentage of party support and Tsai getting 37.2 percent.