Outlying Lienchiang and Kinmen counties have come out on top in a national poll of residents' satisfaction with their city or county governments, with Chiayi City and Taipei at the bottom of the list, according to CommonWealth Magazine, which has conducted the poll since 2010.
Releasing its 2016 poll results, the magazine said Tuesday that opposition Kuomintang politicians seemed to have made small gains in their popularity, with Lienchiang Magistrate Liu Tseng-ying (???) leading the pack of 22 with a score of 80.11 and Taitung Magistrate Justin Huang (???) rising two notches from last year to rank 8th (64.41).
The ruling Democratic Progressive Party's Chen Chu (??), mayor of Kaohsiung, retained her third place from last year, while Lai "God" Ching-te (???) of Tainan fell from top to fourth place in the rankings, scoring close to each other with 69.66 and 69.48 points, respectively.
A surprising fall from grace was suffered by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???), whose ranking plummeted from ninth last year to 21st, the last but one, this year. At the bottom of the list is Chiayi Mayor Twu Shiing-jer (???). Ko and Twu scored only 49.36 and 43.60, respectively.
Fresher and younger faces surged in their popularity rankings: Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien (??? ) rose from 18th to 10th (61.73), Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang (???) from near-bottom 21st to 12th (61.37), and Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (???) managed to climb two notches from 15th to 13th (61.10), to rank third among the six municipalities, following only seasoned DPP politicians Chen Chu and Lai.
Other local government heads and their rankings and scores include Hualien Magistrate Fu Kun-chi (???), 5th (66.96), Yilan Magistrate Lin Tsung-hsien (???), 6th (65.66), Pingtung Magistrate Pan Men-an (???), 7th (64.70), Penghu Magistrate Chen Kuang-fu (???), 9th (63.08), and Chiayi Magistrate Chang Hwa-kuan (???), 11th ( 61.58).
Ranked from 14th to 20th are, in that order, Yunlin Magistrate Lee Chin-yung (???), 58.86; Nantou Magistrate Lin Ming-chen (???), 58.22; Hsinchu Magistrate Chiu Ching-chun (???), 56.63; Changhua Magistrate Wei Ming-ku (???), 55.04; Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (???), 55.01; New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (???), 51.49; and Miaoli Magistrate Hsu Yao-chang (???), 50.59.
The magazine conducted the poll based on a weighted proportion of 80 percent public opinion and 20 percent expert views. Members of the public were asked five questions regarding the city or county's economic, environmental protection, administrative, cultural and educational, and social welfare policies.
Four civic groups, including a small enterprise association and a community college promotional association, were commissioned to gather the views of 647 experts.
The magazine said a total of 14,869 valid samples were collected from among members of the public aged 20 or older, with each city or county providing between 550 and 1,010 respondents, from July 13 to Aug. 19.
The survey had a confidence level of 95 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.08-4.18 percentage points. Lienchiang County in offshore Matsu was an exception -- it's margin of error was 6.88 percent because of a small pool of only 203 samples.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel