Taipei Times: Tsai boosts support, approval rating: survey

Tsai has boosted her approval rating and improved support for her re-election bid in the past few months, with the latest poll showing that she would win 51 percent of the vote against 31 percent for Han, the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) candidate, foundation executive director Lin Yi-cheng (林宜正) said.

If Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) throws his hat into the ring, Tsai would still win in the three-way race, garnering 41.9 percent of the vote against 25.7 percent for Han and 22.6 percent for Ko, the poll showed.

Tsai’s approval rating also rose to 43.7 percent, from 33.8 percent in the May survey, Lin said.

However, her disapproval rating remained high at 46.6 percent, albeit down 8.2 percentage points from 54.8 percent in the previous poll, Lin said.

The upswing is also reflected in the large number of respondents agreeing that Taiwan is a sovereign and independent nation at 80.4 percent, the survey showed.

Asked about cross-strait relations, 56.1 percent of respondents preferred to maintain the “status quo,” while 31.5 percent wanted independence and 7.5 percent favored unification with China.

“When asked if the current status cannot be maintained, 67.8 percent of respondents chose independence for Taiwan, 18.6 percent opted for unification with China and 13.6 percent had no opinion,” Li said.

If voting is held now, the TPP would become the third-largest party with 15.5 percent of the vote, behind the DPP’s 30.5 percent and the KMT’s 27.2 percent.

The New Power Party would be fourth with 4.7 percent, the survey showed