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The Results of September Opinion Poll regarding Taipei City Government and Overall Experience of Living

The poll conducted in September 2019 is to understand people’s opinions about Mayor Ko’s performance, public governance, and overall experience with Taipei City. The results show that among the 1,033 respondents, 51% are pleased with Mayor Ko’s performance, while 39% are not. The satisfaction rating is the same with tthe previous poll (June 24, 2019).
The survey questions about public governance are divided into three sections: efficiency, responses and public participation, and governance philosophy. They are explained one by one as follows.  
【Government efficiency】
Many respondents are positive about the efficiency of Taipei City Government (TCG). More than 60% agree TCG is efficient, in compliance with the law, cautious on spending, and have execution capability. Particularly mentionable is the responses regarding the policy consistency. Those who agree TCG is consistent (48%) is higher than those who do not (42%). Not only is it the first time the positive response surpasses the negative, the percentage of the positive is also the highest ever since.
【Responses and public participation】
Most respondents are positive about TCG’s effort in responding. More than 55% agree that TCG cares about people’s opinions and welfare. Nonetheless, they are more divided about industrial development. 41% agree with it, while 46% disagree. Compared to the previous poll, the disagreement increases by 5%.
【Governance philosophy】
Respondents are mostly positive about TCG’s governance philosophy. Almost 70% of the respondents agree TCG is honest and transparent; 59% find TCG responsible, and 55% think TCG values fairness and justice.
In sum, the responses are mostly positive. The top four items are “in compliance with the law” (71%) and execution capability (69%) under “government efficiency”; and “honesty” (69%) and “transparency” (68%) under “governance philosophy.” It is also worth mentioning that most items show a positive growth trend.
The last, for the overall experience with Taipei City, 44% of the 1,033 respondents think that Taipei is making progress, 36% feel otherwise, and 18% think it is about the same. In comparison with the poll conducted on March 27-30, 2018, the approval for Taipei’s progressiveness drops. In addition, in regard to the pride of living in Taipei, 64% are proud, which is lower than the 72% of last poll (July 29-31 2019) but the same with the one conducted on March 27-30, 2018. The respondents are also asked to grade TCG staff’s performance. The average score is 66, the same with the pervious poll (March 27-30, 2018)  
The poll is based on telephone interviews conducted in the evenings of September 23-25, 2019, successfully interviewing 1,033 people living in Taipei and aged 18 or older. The telephone numbers are randomly selected from residential numbers in Taipei City. The margin of sampling error is ±3.05% with a 95% confidence level.