Thursday, May 18, 2006

Chen approval at 5.8%?

A Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) poll shows that Chen's approval ratings are baaaaaaaaaad:

President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) approval rating has dropped to a new low of just 5.8 percent, with 88 percent of respondents dissatisfied with the performance of Chen's administration over the past six years, according to the results of a survey released yesterday.

The survey was conducted by the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) -- the Democratic Progressive Party's ally in the pan-green camp -- on 69 civic groups from May 5 through May 12.

The respondents gave the administration's overall performance a failing grade of 57.5 percent.

Ho Min-hao (何敏豪), head of the TSU's policy committee, said the survey results reflected the government's failure to pay attention to domestic affairs.

While 64 percent of respondents thought that the government has not worked hard enough to improve the nation's economy over the past six years, 72 percent were dissatisfied with the deteriorating law and order situation, the survey found.


The TSU is a DPP ally in the legislature. The poll shows the success of the Blue strategy of paralyzing the nation and then blaming the President, the recent corruption charges, the long-term changes in the Taiwan economy that are causing growing income inequality, and weakness of the Taiwan President's position constitutionally.

UPDATE: I meant to crap all over this earlier -- had trouble with the @&#@%#$ posting system of blogger, whose anti-spam measures often fail to appear, leaving me unable to post -- but ESWN beat me to it. It's a baaaad poll.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

The survey is stupid. They just chose a bunch of civic groups (how do you take a random sample of that?! do you weight by size of the groups?) and basically probably the heads of the groups gave responses. The sample size is also ridiculously small. There is no validity to the test.

That said, Chen's approval rating IS probably only around 20% these days.

Anonymous said...

Sure, and the string of corruption scandals involving his close associates and family members play no role in impacting the President's public image...

Anonymous said...

Yes, that's what I said. "the recent corruption charges."

Michael

Anonymous said...

Why? So do you mean that the corruption charges involving his staff member and family members could be "justified" or even "pardon" from investigation because its a part of your so-called "pan blue strategy"? And is that mean he should be immune from the monitering system of the public in a democracy system? Michael, please look beyond the colors and start thinking rationally when it comes to politics.

STOP_George said...

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Despite all that's bad about the current DPP administration, one must not lose touch with the fact that the alternative is much much worse.

I truly hope the Taiwanese bear that in mind.
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Michael Turton said...

Why? So do you mean that the corruption charges involving his staff member and family members could be "justified" or even "pardon" from investigation because its a part of your so-called "pan blue strategy"? And is that mean he should be immune from the monitering system of the public in a democracy system? Michael, please look beyond the colors and start thinking rationally when it comes to politics.

Are you on crack? Who said anything about not investigating or not having democratic oversight? I gave four different reasons for the fall in Chen's popularity. (1) the pan-Blue strategy of paralyzing governance (2) the recent corruption charges (3) structural changes in the economy (4) the weakness of the ROC presidency. I separated them out as unrelated reasons. I have no idea where your "analysis" is coming from...

Michael

Anonymous said...

"Despite all that's bad about the current DPP administration, one must not lose touch with the fact that the alternative is much much worse."

Oh yes, we are Chinese and bunch of losers, but vote for us anyway!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR81WkUJaOc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjhH2v-pvCM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j46zm6i_-hg

Haha... I vote for Mongolian!!

Iron_Jackal_TW

Anonymous said...

"Are you on crack? Who said anything about not investigating or not having democratic oversight? I gave four different reasons for the fall in Chen's popularity. (1) the pan-Blue strategy of paralyzing governance (2) the recent corruption charges (3) structural changes in the economy (4) the weakness of the ROC presidency. I separated them out as unrelated reasons. I have no idea where your "analysis" is coming from..."

Michael:
please refrain from insulting your readers on your own blog with such phrase as "are you on crack?"....we've been loyal to you since the 1900