According to the latest survey conducted by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation, assuming Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je will run for office and make it a three-way race, KMT's Han Kuo-yu will garner more support than Ko as well as president Tsai. In another scenario in which only the KMT and DPP candidates take part in the race, Tsai would lead at a support rating at 45 percent.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je still has not confirmed whether he will run in the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election. This makes him the biggest factor that could affect the election results. According to the latest poll conducted by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation, in a scenario in which Ko runs for president, KMT Candidate, and Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu will garner more support than Ko and DPP Candidate and incumbent president Tsai Ing-wen. In another scenario in which only the KMT and DPP candidates take part in the race, Tsai would garner the highest support rating at 45 percent, ahead of Han's 40.1 percent.
The public's opinions on who should be Taiwan's next president are quite divided. Currently, most people favor (KMT Candidate) Han Kuo-yu.
If Ko Wen-je joins the race, it will certainly affect the outcome of the entire election. Many voters are hoping that he will take part, some because they support Ko, others hope that Ko could affect the election in ways that favor their candidate.
The survey also asked questions on Tsai's latest visit abroad. About 51 percent of the respondents said that her visit has helped boosted Taiwan's image on the international stage. On the other hand, former Legislator Lin Cho-shui believes Tsai's visit didn't do much good.
Many people in Taiwan believe Tsai's visit to Africa didn't do much to boost Taiwan's visibility. However, her passing through the U.S. has made a difference, which is reflected in the public's opinions.
No matter what the government claims, the treatment President Tsai's received when she passed through the U.S. was less than that of an official from another country. This is just the reality of our politics.
The latest survey also included questions on the public's identification with different political parties. The results show that 80 percent of the public support either the ruling DPP or the opposition KMT, and only 17.5 percent of the public said they are not affiliated with any party. You Ying-lung, the Chairperson of the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation, said that the public grew increasingly divided once both major parties settled on their candidates. You said, if Ko hopes to attract undecided voters, he needs to act fast and join the race.