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Administration scores lower in rights poll

The China Post--The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) announced yesterday that public satisfaction with the government's human rights protection has dropped significantly from last year.

According to its poll, which was released at the Legislature, the public is especially dissatisfied with the administration's failure to stamp out corruption, as well as its inability to ensure media independence.

Supporters of the opposition parties and those who receive monthly salaries of less than NT$20,000 gave the administration the worst scores, according to local reports.

The TFD's survey includes categories such as “freedom of speech and religion,” “personal freedom and equality,” “freedom of association,” “right to vote,” “inviolability of the person and legal protection,” and “right to public service.”

According to the poll, “freedom of speech and religion” received the highest marks.

National Dong Hwa University (東華大學) professor Shih Cheng-feng (施正峰) said that the overall drop may have had something to do with 2012 being an election year.

Last year before the election, it is likely that the public had high expectations, but once the election was over, there was a decrease in satisfaction because expectations were not met, Shih explained.

Of the various items included in the poll, the government got some of the lowest marks for “level of governmental corruption” and “governmental responsiveness to public needs.”

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