Politicians from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led green camp have emerged more likable in the eyes of the public than their Kuomintang counterparts, sweeping the top five positions in the likability rankings, according to a survey released by Taiwan Brain Trust on Tuesday.
The trust was established by Koo Kwang-ming, a long-time advocate of Taiwan independence and supporter of the DPP.
Topping the list was Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (??, 55.1 percent), followed by Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (???, 50 percent), Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (???, 42.6 percent), Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???, 41.9 percent) and President Tsai Ing-wen (??? 40.4 percent), the survey revealed.
Other DPP politicians rated were Legislative Yuan speaker Su Jia-chyuan (??? 28.9 percent) and Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (???, 25.9 percent).
Among KMT politicians, New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (???) received a likability rating of 36.8 percent, KMT Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin (???) 24.9 percent, KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (???) 21.6 percent and former Vice President Wu Den-yih (???) 16.5 percent.
Premier Lin Chuan (??), an independent, received 21.5 percent.
Among the mayors of the six special municipalities, Chen Chu enjoyed the highest approval rating while Ko Wen-je polled the lowest figure, the survey found.
Chen's approval rating hit 71.3 percent, ahead of Lai Ching-te with 67.8 percent, Cheng Wen-tsan's 59.9 percent, Lin Chia-lung's 52.5 percent, Eric Chu's 51 percent and Ko's 39.3 percent, the survey showed.
The survey was conducted from Dec. 13-17 and involved 4,739 adults in Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel