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Opinion polls reflect unhappiness about economy, Ma's government

Opinion polls reflect unhappiness about economy, Ma's government

Two opinion polls released yesterday show widespread dissatisfaction with the Kuomintang administration and fear about the economic situation next year.
Almost 70 percent of Taiwanese fear they could lose their work in 2009, according to a survey released by CommonWealth Magazine yesterday. The State of the Nation poll by CommonWealth Magazine, which the monthly has been organizing each year for 12 years, has listed some of its history's most pessimistic findings in its edition for 2009.
In addition to the 68.3 percent worried about being laid off, 56.6 percent of respondents see their own economic situation worsen next year, the highest figure in the survey's history, the magazine said.
Confidence in the Ma Ying-jeou administration's ability to turn the tide around is also at a low ebb, with 57.5 percent expressing pessimism, more than double the 28 percent expecting the government to succeed.
The number of poll respondents dissatisfied with Ma's performance is widely outpacing the satisfied, 55.3 percent against 33.4 percent, CommonWealth said. The dissatisfaction with the president has also reached his own Kuomintang, where 64.3 percent were not happy.
Almost half the participants in the survey, or 46.7 percent, blamed Taiwan's current economic predicament on the international crisis, though 19.8 percent said the Ma administration lacked any overall policy direction.
The magazine interviewed 1,087 respondents by phone from 17 to 21 Dec., with a margin of error of 3 percent.
A poll of 973 Taiwan adults conducted Dec. 25-26 by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party's Public Survey Center also indicated a high degree of dissatisfaction with Premier Liu Chao-shiuan's cabinet. DPP Public Survey Center director Chen Chun-lin related that 62.2 percent of respondents were "dissatisfied" with the overall performance of the KMT cabinet with only 33.1 percent saying they were satisfied.
While 38.8 percent of respondents expressed confidence in the government's development policies as "correct," 53.7 percent said that Taiwan's overall development course was "deviating" from its best course.
Moreover, 65.5 percent agreed with the statement that "the performance of the Liu Cabinet has been poor and it should have a major reorganization," with just 27.3 percent disagreeing.
Support for a major revamping of the Liu Cabinet crossed partisan lines, observed Chen.


Updated : 2021-02-26 09:27 GMT+08:00