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Poll shows high support for Chu
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-24 03:54 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An opinion poll published on Tuesday by the Chinese-language Apple Daily on showed high support for New Taipei City Mayor Eric Liluan Chu even if he decided to run for president in 2016.

The survey was conducted last week, before the Kuomintang vice chairman announced his re-election bid on his Facebook page Tuesday morning.

Chu has been faced with the dilemma of having to choose between running for re-election in November for another four-year term as mayor, or launching himself into preparations for a bid for the KMT presidential nomination. While there are no laws barring him from being a candidate in both elections, commentators have said it would be bad form if he left New Taipei City after serving less than half his term.

If he ran in both elections, 45.6 percent of poll respondents said they would still choose him in the November 29 mayoral vote, according to the Apple Daily survey. Almost a third, or 32.56 percent, said they would not vote for him, while 21.71 percent said they did not know or had no opinion.

If the mayoral race pitted him against former Premier Yu Shyi-kun of the Democratic Progressive Party, Chu would still win by 55.47 percent against 25.6 percent.

Opinion surveys will take place on Thursday to select a joint opposition candidate between Yu and Taiwan Solidarity Union Secretary-General Lin Chih-chia. Both candidates said they could beat Chu in November. If the KMT officially nominated Chu Wednesday, the opposition will have to change its opinion survey from comparisons between Yu and Lin to separate comparisons between the two on the one hand and Chu on the other hand, reports said. In the end, the opposition would nominate the candidate who performed best against the incumbent mayor.

Asking for public satisfaction with Chu’s performance as mayor since 2010, the Apple Daily said 47.47 percent of respondents gave him a positive score of 80 percent or more. The mayor’s policy to expand Mass Rapid Transit lines into New Taipei City and to promote the construction of circular lines inside its territory won the highest support, the newspaper said.

The survey was conducted June 16-17 and 1,125 valid responses were received, the Apple Daily said.

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