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Public sours on both parties over trade pact dispute: poll

TAIPEI--People in Taiwan are disappointed at both the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) over a China trade pact dispute, according to the results of a recent survey.

The poll by the Taiwan Brain Trust, a think tank established by senior DPP member Koo Kwang-ming, found that 78.3 percent of the respondents were dissatisfied with the KMT's performance over the issue, while 52.9 percent were disappointed in the DPP.

The trade-in services pact between Taiwan and China was signed in June 2013 and has been stalled in the Legislative Yuan ever since. Hundreds of protesters have occupied the main chamber of the Legislature since they stormed the complex March 18.

Wu Rong-i, the think tank's president, said that the disappointment in the DPP results from the huge gap between reality and the public's high expectations of the party.

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