Tainan's Lai on top again in leader approval survey
By Katherine Wei, The China PostTainan Mayor William Lai has topped approval rankings again this year in a survey conducted by CommonWealth Magazine (天下雜誌).
September 3, 2013, 5:05 pm TWN
Despite the criticism directed at him over Tainan's railway relocation project and after Tropical Storm Kong-Rey flooded Southern Taiwan, Lai was the only political leader with an approval rating of over 80 percent in the survey, which looked at Taiwan's 22 mayors and magistrates.
According to the magazine, Lai remains popular among his electorate due to his persistent dedication to promoting social welfare, education and eco-friendly policies. He also won the vote of the younger generation aged 20 to 35 when they were asked who they would vote for as president if the five mayors of the major cities of Taiwan — Taipei, New Taipei, Tainan, Taichung and Kaohsiung — were the candidates. Lai received support from Taipei, Taichung and Tainan in the survey.
Yilan County Magistrate Lin Tsong-shyan (林聰賢) held his place from last year's survey as the runner-up (76.53 percent) because of his ability to boost Yilan's economic development, yet maintain a balance with the natural environment. Chen Chu (陳菊) of Kaohsiung came in third at 70.9 percent, with voters approving of her efforts to increase her city's international profile.
Taitung County Magistrate Justin Huang (黃健庭) was the only Kuomintang leader rated in the top five, holding fourth place after ranking 13th last year, making progress despite a controversy surrounding the allegedly illegal construction of Miramar Resort on the county's coast.
Less than Happy
Keelung's Chang Tong-rong (張通榮) hit rock bottom once more at 30 percent. Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) and Taichung's Jason Hu (胡志強) only managed to climb one place each, in spite of scoring 50.64 and 52.22 percent.
Miaoli County Magistrate Liu Cheng-hung (劉政鴻) dropped 11 places to 14th, after insisting on tearing down houses at Dapu. Changhua County Magistrate Cho Po-yuan (卓伯源 ) slid 10 places after his family was accused of corruption.
The poll surveyed 500 to 1,160 people from each of the 22 cities and counties, depending on the population, and was conducted between July 8 and Aug. 13.