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Mayor Ko has 58% Approval Rating at His 3rd Anniversary in Office

A recent poll conducted in December 2017 by the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission (hereinafter referred to as “RDEC”) tells that 58% of the respondents are satisfied with Mayor Ko’s performance and 27% are not. In addition, 46% approve the performance of the department heads (Ko administration), while 20% do not, and 33% has “no opinion” of “do not know.”
The poll also reviews policy implementation of Taipei City Government (hereinafter referred to as “TCG”). The result shows the policies having satisfaction rate higher than 50% are “environmental protection,” “public safety,” “Taipei City Hospital,” and “cultural events.” The satisfaction for “transportation,” “social welfare,” “public construction,” and “elementary & secondary education” falls between 48% and 34%, which is below 50% but still higher than the dissatisfaction.  
When asked about the service attitude and efficiency of TCG, most poll respondents give positive feedbacks. 78% approve of the attitude and 60% agree with the efficiency. The result reveals the majority of Taipei city residents are pleased with the quality of living in Taipei and TCG’s administrative efficiency. 
The poll also asks people’s opinion about Mayor Ko’s top achievement during his three terms. With up to three choices and no given hints, the achievements selected by more than 10% of the respondents are Taipei 2017 Universiade (24%), demolition of the overpass to the Zhongxiao Bridge (17%), revival of the North Gate (14%), and bus lanes on Zhongxiao West Road (13%). Among all respondents, 51% express their selections, 12% say they do not know any prominent achievement by Mayor Ko, 9% feel Mayor Ko has not done anything substantial, 28% give up the question. 
About the top priorities TCG should take care of, also with no given hints and up to two choices, the matters picked by more than 10% of respondents include improvements in transportation (24%), elderly care (15%), and Taipei Dome dispute (12%). For this question, 68% of the respondents express their opinions, while 32% do not.   
Another recent poll, conducted in November 2017 to understand people’s thoughts about living environment, road quality, elderly care, etc., indicates that respondents are happy with their living environment in general. 76% are satisfied with the neighborhood area, while 20% are not. In addition, 64% approve the cityscape nearby their houses. The reasons those not happy with the neighborhood area are dirty streets, noises and poor air quality. 
For the road quality, 73% of the respondents agree there were no or few repeating roadwork in the past three months; 50% feel repeating roadworks have been reduced; and, 62% are satisfied with the road condition in their neighborhood. Nevertheless, about the quality in general, 50% are not satisfied while 40% are, which reveals that people’s negative impression of road quality is not yet reversed. 
As to the care the TCG provides for aged citizens, 16% feel it has been improved, 14% say it is about the same, 28% think it has been deteriorating, and 41% “do not know” or have “no opinion.”
The November poll is based on telephone interviews conducted in the evenings from November 28 through December 1, 2017, interviewing 1,029 people, which excludes 999 people refusing to take the survey). The margin of sampling error is ±3.06% with a 95% confidence level. For the December poll, telephone interviews were done in the evenings from December 12 through December 15, 2017, interviewing 952 people, which excludes 844 people refusing to take the survey. The margin of sampling error is ±3.18% with a 95% confidence level. The telephone numbers for both polls are randomly selected from residential numbers in Taipei City. All people interviewed resides in Taipei and are aged 18 or older.