President Tsai Ing-wen will correct mistakes made by her administration and continue doing things that are right, her spokesman said Friday, after new surveys showed a significant drop in the president's approval ratings.
The government is taking the survey results seriously and will do its utmost to live up to the public's high expectations for a better Taiwan, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (???) said.
The government will also continue to promote reforms, including efforts to boost the country's economy and improve the people's well-being, he said.
To mark Tsai's 100th day in office, various organizations released new surveys on the government's performance Friday, all of which indicated that the new president's approval ratings have fallen below 50 percent.
According to a poll conducted by Taiwan's China Times, only 41.4 percent of respondents expressed satisfaction with Tsai's performance, while 40.4 percent were dissatisfied.
The percentage of people satisfied was down 11.1 points from a previous survey conducted to mark her inauguration on May 20, when her approval rating stood at 52.5 percent.
Another poll conducted by Apple Daily found 50.49 percent of respondents to be unhappy with Tsai's performance, exceeding the 43.59 percent who expressed satisfaction. She had a 54 percent approval rating in a previous survey conducted by the paper to mark her first month in office.
A poll by Taiwan Thinktank, meanwhile, found that 48.5 percent of respondents were satisfied with Tsai's performance, compared with 38.4 percent who were dissatisfied.
Commenting on the results, New Power Party Legislator Hsu Yung-ming (???) said the rise in dissatisfaction with Tsai was worthy of attention because public support is a key factor in her administration's ability to promote its policies.
Hsu said that while Tsai has set clear objectives for her reforms, she has taken very confusing steps to try to achieve her goals. He cited another problem as a lack of coordination between the administrative and legislative branches.
He urged the new government to send clear messages in discussing its policies and avoid giving the public the impression that it is ambiguous and wavering.
To address the problem, Tsai needs to strengthen her team and policy communication with the public, he said.
Source: Focus Taiwan