Taipei, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (???) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has the highest public satisfaction rating among all the heads of local governments in Taiwan, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The survey, conducted by Global Views Monthly February 23 to March 29, showed that Cheng has a public satisfaction rating of 77.9 percent, followed by former Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (??) of the DPP, who had a 70.9 percent satisfaction rating before she took up the post of Presidential Office secretary-general in April.
The other municipal government heads are New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (???) of the Kuomintang (KMT) with a 58.9 percent satisfaction rating, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) with 55.3 percent, and Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (???) of the DPP with 49 percent, according to the poll.
Using a five-star rating system, the survey gave five stars to Cheng, Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien (???) of the DPP, the KMT's Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-chi (???), Taitung County Magistrate Justin Huang (???), and Lienchiang Magistrate Liu Cheng-ying (???).
On Nov. 24, Taiwan will hold local government elections in all 22 cities and counties, in which 14 incumbents are seeking reelection.
According to the survey, nine of the incumbents have over 50 percent public support.
They are Liu of Lienchiang County, Cheng of Taoyuan City, Pingtung County Magistrate Pan Meng-an (???) of the DPP, Nantou Magistrate Lin Ming-chen (???) of the KMT, Lin of Hsinchu City, Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang (???) of the DPP, Kinmen County Magistrate Chen Fu-hai (???) of the KMT, Yunlin Magistrate Lee Chin-yung (???) of the DPP, and Miaoli Magistrate Hsu Yao-chang (???) of the KMT.
Incumbents with public support of less than 50 percent are Ko of Taipei City, Changhua Magistrate Wei Ming-ku (???) of the DPP, Lin of Taichung City, Chiayi Mayor Twu Shiing-jer (???) of the DPP, and Penghu Magistrate Chen Kuang-fu (???) of the DPP, the poll showed.
The survey was conducted among 14,347 respondents in the 22 cities and counties throughout Taiwan.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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