New Taipei mayor sees highest dissatisfaction rate: Survey

New Taipei mayor sees highest dissatisfaction rate: Survey (TVBS News)
New Taipei mayor sees highest dissatisfaction rate: Survey (TVBS News)

TAIPEI (TVBS News) — A latest Global Views Monthly (遠見雜誌) survey revealed shifts in public approval for Taiwan's magistrates and mayors, with New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) experiencing the highest dissatisfaction rate among the six municipalities after returning to municipal governance post-presidential election.

The survey indicates a notable decline in satisfaction for Hou, whose approval dropped by 11.8 percentage points from the previous year. This marks him as the only mayor among the six to see a regression in satisfaction levels.

Conversely, Taipei City Mayor Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) saw the largest increase in approval, jumping 13.1 percentage points to 59.4%.

Performance and Public Perception

Chiang's governance score also rose to 68.5, a 2.8-point increase from last year. His disapproval rate, at 22.8%, hit a record low for Taipei City.

Meanwhile, Taichung City Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) ranked first in satisfaction, followed by Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), Tainan City Mayor Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲), Hou, Chiang, and Taoyuan City Mayor Simon Chang (張善政) at the bottom.

Miaoli County MagistrateChung Tung-chin (鍾東錦) received the "Most Improved Performance Award" with a satisfaction rate of 69.7%, an 18.1 percentage point increase from last year, and a governance score 70.4.

This survey underscores the dynamic nature of political leadership and public satisfaction across Taiwan's cities and counties.

The findings from Global Views Monthly highlight the evolving landscape of local governance in Taiwan. They reflect the public's changing expectations and the diverse challenges faced by city leaders. As magistrates and mayors navigate these challenges, the survey serves as a crucial barometer for their performance and public perception.

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