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Support for Taiwan’s ruling DPP takes beating in recent poll

Number of people with no party preference up by 9.5%: TPOF poll

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Taiwan President and DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (center)

Taiwan President and DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (center) (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took a beating in a recent poll, losing 5.8% of support in a single month.

The Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation (TPOF) on Tuesday (April 26) announced the results of its latest poll that gauged support for major political parties in the island nation, including the DPP, Kuomingtang (KMT), Taiwan People's Party (TPP), New Power Party (NPP), and Taiwan Statebuilding Party (TSP).

The DPP has the most support with 30.3%, followed by the KMT with 14.5%, the TPP with 9.2%, the TSP with 2.8%, and the NPP with 2.6%, according to the poll results. Meanwhile, 38.6% of the respondents do not favor a particular party, while 1.8% said they do not know or refused to answer.

Compared to last month’s poll, DPP support is down 5.8 percentage points, and support for the TPP slipped by 4.3%. Support for the KMT slightly increased by 0.5 percentage points, while support for the NPP and TSP remained almost unchanged.

You pointed out that the percentage of people who are neutral with regard to party preference increased by 9.5 points month over month, the highest since 2018, and that the reasons behind the phenomenon deserve further study.

On the DPP’s loss of almost 6% of support, You said that it struck him as unusual. He gave three possible reasons, including the dissipation of the Ukraine effect; the spread of the Omicron variant, which is unfavorable to the ruling party; and the coming mayoral and county elections, which have caused political in-fighting.

With regard to the approval rating for President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the poll showed that 50% of respondents over 20 years of age basically approve of her handling of national affairs, while 36% expressed disapproval, according to the poll.

As for the Cabinet, led by Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), 48% of people over 20 are satisfied with it’s performance, while 41% are dissatisfied.