Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-10-12 05:24 PM
The main opposition party has launched the no-confidence motion which has been scheduled for Tuesday, though the likelihood of it being approved was low because of the Kuomintang’s comfortable majority at the Legislative Yuan.
DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng said at the presentation of the party’s opinion poll that 70.2 percent of respondents felt that Ma was no longer suitable to run the country. Even 44 percent of respondents identifying themselves as KMT supporters shared that belief, Wang said.
The figure had been growing over the last month, with 64 percent saying Ma was not fit to rule in a September 10 poll, 67 percent on September 17 and 70 percent on October 1.
The opposition-initiated no-confidence motion had the support of 54 percent of poll participants, including 32 percent of KMT voters. If the motion was approved, 49 percent said Jiang should be replaced and 40 percent were in favor of the dissolution of the Legislative Yuan followed by early elections.
Jiang also rated high in the unpopularity stakes, with 64 percent saying he was not fit to serve as premier and only 25 percent approving, the DPP said.
The opinion survey was conducted on September 30 and October 1 and counted 1,217 valid participants with a margin of error at 2.8 percent, the DPP said.
The release of the opposition party poll came just one day after a survey by Taiwan Indicators Survey Research showed similar levels of dissatisfaction with Ma. Only 13.7 percent with satisfied with the president, while 71.7 percent expressed dissatisfaction. He was trusted by 20.8 percent and distrusted by 60.9 percent, according to the TISR poll.
Up to 53.2 percent of KMT supporters were also dissatisfied with Ma, the survey revealed.
Jiang had an approval rating of 15.8 percent with 52.7 percent dissatisfied in the poll conducted October 7-9. TISR said 1,009 valid responses were collected with a margin of error of 3.1 percent.