Forty-three percent of people polled said they trust President Tsai Ing-wen (???), compared with 38 percent who said they do not trust her, according to the latest public opinion poll released on Friday.
The bi-monthly poll conducted by Taiwan Indicators Survey Research (TISR), showed a fall of 3.8 percentage points in Tsai's trustworthiness from the first half of October and an increase of 2.7 percentage points in those who do not trust the president.
The survey also found that 35 percent approved of Tsai's performance, compared with 48 percent who disapproved. That represents a 2.7 percentage point fall in the president's approval rating and an increase of 2.0 percentage points in the level of disapproval from the previous survey.
In contrast, the approval rating of Premier Lin Chuan (??) increased by 0.1 percentage points to 28.8 percent, while his disapproval rating fell by 0.3 percentage points to 47.7 percent.
As to public sentiment on the three major political parties in Taiwan and China, support for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) dropped by 1.4 percentage points from the first half of October, while disapproval of the party increased by 2.6 percentage points.
Support for the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) increased by 2.6 percentage points, compared with a drop of 1.5 percentage points in those opposed to the party.
Support for the Communist Party of China (CPC) increased 4.2 percentage points, while disapproval dropped 3.7 percentage points.
The TISR poll was conducted on Oct. 25-26, collecting 1,007 effective samples with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.
Alex Huang (???), spokesman for the Presidential Office, said public opinion polls vary from one to another, but undertook to take note of the results.
The government's mission is to identify problems and solve them, and any action that enhances public welfare and is conducive to national development will be taken, Huang said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel