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Support for Ko Wen-je rises in latest opinion poll poll has Ko in 3rd place behind Lai Ching-te, Hou Yu-ih

TPP presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (center) in Meinong Nov. 6. (CNA, TPP photo)

TPP presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (center) in Meinong Nov. 6. (CNA, TPP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has gained support as efforts to team up with the Kuomintang (KMT) have stalled, according to an opinion poll by released Thursday (Nov. 9).

Attempts by KMT candidate Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) and Ko to merge their campaigns have failed so far to agree on a selection method. While the two sides said there was no deadline, the Central Election Commission (CEC) begins registering candidates on Nov. 20.

While the new poll shows Ko in third place, he has been climbing in all of the most recent four surveys, the China Times reported. Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) added 1.2% to reach 37.7%, while Hou lost 1.0% to 26.8%. The latest survey saw Ko rise by 1.2% to 21.3%, if only three candidates run in the Jan. 13 election.

If Foxconn Technology founder Terry Gou (郭台銘) is added to the mix, Lai would rise 1.4% to 34.4%, and Hou would lose 0.4% to end at 24.5%. Ko would gain 1.3% to 18.1%, while Gou received 5.7%.

The poll was conducted by Beacon Marketing and Research Co., Ltd. from Nov. 6-8. The survey produced 1,201 valid responses with a margin of error of 2.8%.