It's almost one year since Tsai administration took office and the government is now facing plunging approval ratings. Tsai said in a Facebook post on the 17th that the first year of her administration was focused on planning out her policies, and that in her second year she will focus on communication with society so that these policies can bear fruit. Premier Lin Chuan also emphasized that the government remains dedicated to reform.
The one-year anniversary of the DPP's return to political power is approaching. In response to the numerous controversies that have arisen from her government's reforms, President Tsai Ing-wen said in a Facebook post that her first year was focused on planning and that her second year will improve communication and execution so that the reforms could bear fruit. Premier Lin Chuan also said that his cabinet has dedicated much of its effort to energy, long-term care, and pension reforms and that the reform will continue in spite of resistance.
==HSU KUO-YUNG Executive Yuan Spokesperson==
Reform involves changes to existing habits, existing systems, and even existing rights. There will always be friction, so there will always be efforts to stop the reform. But as long as the direction is right, we should continue to be moderate, rational, and inclusive, and step firmly down that path.
However, the Tsai government's approval ratings have plunged, with polls showing anywhere from 30% to 50% public approval. Civic platform Taiwan Democracy Watch released the results of an online poll showing only 18.4% approval and 76.4 disapproval for the government. They said that with controversies like new day-off rules, transitional justice for indigenous peoples, pension reform, and same-sex marriage, high expectations have only led to disappointment.
==CHIEN HSI-KAI Convenor, Anti-Poverty League==
After a backlash from management over the five-day workweek, she wavered and workers paid the price. So the reform has failed in this respect.
==TSENG CHAO-YUAN Senior Researcher, Awakening Foundation==
The government has passed the problem of security in old age to the individual. Where is the state's responsibility? The Tsai government has debated pension reform with so much fanfare for an entire year, but the results have been so disappointing.
==LIN MIN-TSUNG Professor, Department of Physics, NTU==
Equity and justice were the core of her "Taiwan consensus," but in 2016 this core has disappeared.
30% of respondents said that long-term care should be the government's first priority, while childcare was the second most popular answer, showing a public desire to establish a better social safety net. 80% of respondents wanted the president to address and answer to the legislature.
Translated by JOHN CHEN
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