Jul 08, 2019 General Comments Off on KMT presidential primary polls to kick off Monday evening
Taipei, A series of public opinion polls commissioned by the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) as its presidential primary will begin Monday evening and continue over the next seven days, after which the party will announce its 2020 candidate.
The five candidates competing for the party's presidential nomination are Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Chairman Terry Gou former New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu former Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsi-wei and National Taiwan University professor Chang Ya-chung
According to the KMT website, the surveys will be conducted by five polling institutions, including Taiwan Real Survey, TVBS and Shih Hsin University, with each collecting 3,000 valid responses via landlines phone calls.
The calls will be made randomly between 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. July 8-14, and the results will be released to the public July 15, then submitted to its Central Standing Committee July 17, the KMT said.
The opposition party said it will formally name its 2020 presidential candidate at its national congress on July 28.
The polls will not only compare the popularity of the five presidential hopefuls against each other but will also pit each of them in a hypothetical three-way race against the Democratic Progressive Party candidate, President Tsai Ing-wen, and independent Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je who is seen likely to join the race.
The first comparison will account for 15 percent of the final polling results, while the second one will have a weighting of 85 percent, the KMT said.
The campaigns of some of the KMT candidates have been making an effort to ensure that the public clearly understands the polling process.
In a Facebook post on July 3, former KMT lawmaker and Han supporter Sun Ta-chien urged respondents to answer the pollsters' clearly and not to hang up until all the questions have been completed, as that would invalidate the polling sample.
According to party's Central Standing Committee, the five candidates are not permitted to campaign via phone calls or text messaging during the 7-day polling period.
Taiwan's presidential and legislative election are due to be held Jan. 11, 2020.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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