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Mayor Ko Has 59% Approval Rating at His 4th Anniversary in Office

A poll conducted in December 2018 by the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission indicates 57% of the poll respondents approve Mayor Ko’s job performance, while 28% disapprove, and 10% have no opinions or do not know. For the department heads’ (Ko administration’s) overall performance, 48% approve, 23% disapprove and 28% have no opinions or do not know. 
Among 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, and transportation. The approval rating for social welfare, public construction and elementary & secondary education is between 49% and 34% respectively, which is under 50% but still higher than the disapproval rating. 
The poll also shows most of the respondents are positive about the service attitude and efficiency of TCG staff. 77% approve of the attitude and 66% for the efficiency. It reveals the majority of Taipei city residents recognize the quality of living in Taipei and TCG’s administrative efficiency. 
In addition to landlines, the poll respondents are also reached by mobile phones. The data distribution of landline and mobile phone interviews tend to be consistent. Except a relatively large discrepancy in the approval rating for transportation and a slight discrepancy in that for public safety, elementary and secondary education and cultural events, there is no evident difference for other aspects.  
The poll is based on both landline and mobile telephone interviews. The landline survey was conducted in the evenings of December 3-6, 2018, interviewing 935 people residing in Taipei and aged 18 or older, which excluded 695 people refusing to participate. The numbers were randomly selected from residential numbers in Taipei City. The margin of sampling error is ±3.20% with a 95% confidence level. The mobile phone interview was done in the evenings of December 3-14, 2018, interviewing 888 people residing in Taipei and aged 18 or older (1,516 people refused). The mobile numbers were randomly selected from the internal database. The margin of sampling error is ±3.29% with a 95% confidence level. In both surveys, the sample weights for gender, age and resident registration are calculated respectively.