Ma leads in Taiwan presidential race: Polls

Taiwan`s President Ma Ying-jeou enjoys a narrow lead over his opponents in his bid for re-election, poll results showed on Tuesday.

Last Updated: Jan 03, 2012, 15:58 PM IST

Taipei: Taiwan`s President Ma Ying-jeou enjoys a narrow lead over his opponents in his bid for re-election, poll results showed on Tuesday, the last day surveys to be released ahead of the January 14 vote.
Ma, elected in 2008 on a platform of boosting the economy,
is running for a second and final four-year term against Tsai
Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP),
and independent James Soong.

Tsai is vying to become Taiwan`s first female president
while political veteran Soong is mounting a comeback following
his narrow defeat in the 2000 presidential election.

Forty-four per cent of 2,011 people interviewed by the
United Daily News said they would vote for Ma, against Tsai`s
36 per cent and Soong`s seven per cent, although 13 per cent
were still undecided.

Ma, of the China-friendly Kuomintang, was boosted by
support from female and middle-aged voters, with a lead of
more than 10 percentage points in both categories, the
newspaper said.

A TVBS news channel poll showed similar results, as Ma
maintained a lead of eight percentage points with 45 per cent
over Tsai`s 37 per cent while Soong had six per cent.
Non-partisan voters favoured Ma with 35 per cent, compared
with Tsai`s 26 per cent, according to the TVBS poll of 1,111
people.

However, Ma and Tsai were much closer in a survey issued
by the Taipei-based China Times, with 39.5 per cent and 36.5
per cent, respectively, just on the border of the margin of
error of plus or minus three percentage points.

PTI