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Mayor Ko Gets 63% Approval in Poll Completed Before Taipei 2017 Universiade

The Research, Development and Evaluation Commission (hereinafter referred to as the RDEC) conducts surveys on people’s opinion about the mayor’s and his administration’s performance every six months. A recent poll conducted in July finds 63% of the respondents approve of Mayor Ko’s job performance, while 24% disapprove. About the department heads’ performance (Ko administration), 47% is satisfied, 24% is unsatisfied and 29% provide “no opinion” or “do not know.”
Among all the policies Taipei City Government (hereinafter referred to as TCG) implemented, more than 50% of the respondents are pleased with environmental protection, public safety, Taipei City Hospital, cultural events, transportation and social welfare. The satisfaction rate for public construction and elementary & secondary education is 46% and 35% respectively, which is under 50% but still higher than the percentage of the dissatisfaction.
When asked about the service attitude and efficiency of TCG, most poll respondents give positive feedbacks. 79% approve of the attitude and 64% agree with the efficiency. The result reveals the majority of Taipei city residents recognize the quality of living in Taipei and TCG’s administrative efficiency.
The poll also asks about the top priorities TCG should take care of. The matters chosen by more than 10% of respondents include improvements in transportation (32%), Taipei Dome dispute (10%), education policies (10%) and cares for the disadvantaged (10%).
Regarding the Taipei-Shanghai Forum 2017 held in Taipei in early July, 71% of the respondents are aware of the event, while 29% do not know about it. In addition, 73% support the Forum to be continued and 14% disapprove. For those knowing about the Forum, 56% think TCG’s performance is satisfying, while 25% think otherwise.
The poll is based on telephone interviews conducted in the evenings from July 31 through August 3, 2017, interviewing 1,236 people, which excludes 850 people refusing the survey, residing in Taipei and aged 20 or older. The telephone numbers are randomly selected from residential numbers in Taipei City. The margin of sampling error is ±2.79% with a 95% confidence level.