The Democratic Progressive Party’s presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has been featured on the international cover of TIME magazine ahead of Taiwan’s upcoming 2016 presidential election.
The issue features a (paywalled) piece by Emily Rauhala on how the former DPP’s party chair rose to become the early front runner in the upcoming January election and her vision for the future of Taiwan.
After Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) qualified to become the Kuomintang (KMT)’s only candidate, it is expected that Taiwan will be electing its first female president ever.
In a poll conducted by the Cross-Strait Policy Association found, Tsai won a 50.2 percent approval rating over Hung’s 20.9 percent, dominating in categories including trustworthiness, the ability to safeguard Taiwan’s interests and understanding of public opinion, according to the Taipei Times.
In an additional category — cross-strait policy acceptability — the survey used the candidates’ descriptions of their respective cross-strait policy to gauge public opinion. Again, Tsai found greater support for her stance.
The poll described Tsai’s cross-strait policy as “maintaining the ‘status quo,’ which is to establish consistent, predictable and sustainable cross-strait relations under the Republic of China’s constitutional system.”
Hung Hsiu-chu’s cross-strait policy was described as: “one China, common interpretations (一中同表)” and defining the cross-strait relationship as “two constitutional governments in a whole China.”
Tsai gained an approval rating of 63.1 percent, while 22.4 percent said they disapproved. Just 31.2 percent of respondents supported the deputy legislative speaker’s cross-strait view, with 51.7 percent disagreeing.
A different poll released by TVBS released on Wednesday, meanwhile, showed Hung leading.
By Sharon Choi