Taipei's next mayoral race set for photo finish
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei mayoral race next year would be a close call if former Vice President Lien Chan's son, Sheng-wen, were to run against ex-Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, according to a survey.
September 7, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Lien, the younger of the two, from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), garnered 36-percent support of those surveyed, against Tsai's 33 percent, according to the China Times Weekly magazine.
Both were also leaders in their own camps when the two sets of candidates were considered separately: Lien was a clear front-runner among all potential KMT candidates with a support rate of 23 percent, while Tsai was ahead of her possible rivals from the DPP with 18 percent, according to the survey, conducted by a pollster affiliated with the magazine.
Within the KMT, Legislator Ting Shou-chung was the runner-up with 12 percent, followed by Premier Jiang Yi-huah and Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan (tied at 4 percent), Legislator Tsai Cheng-yuan (3 percent), and Taipei City Councilor Yang Shih-chiu (1 percent). Undecided respondents totaled 40 percent.
Within the DPP camp, the runner-up was Ko Wen-che with 14 percent, followed by DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (11 percent), former Vice President Annette Lu (5 percent), former Tainan Mayor Hsu Tain-tsair (2 percent), and Yunlin County Commissioner Su Chih-feng (1 percent). Undecided respondents totaled 32 percent.
Ko, a doctor with the National Taiwan University Hospital whose popularity has been rising since his involvement in an organ transplant row, said that being in second place is meaningless, and he will work harder, according to the United Evening News.
But he has not yet announced his candidacy, and said he still needs his father's blessings. He said his father has objected to his possible move of giving up his career as a doctor to pursue politics.
Lu responded to the survey result that showed her in fourth place by maintaining it was “unfair.” She stressed that she has not said anything about running, dismissing rumors that she would be announcing her candidacy yesterday.
The survey was conducted on Sept. 2 and successfully interviewed 812 adult respondents from Taipei City, according to the pollster.