Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation Poll: Voters overwhelmingly favor Lai Ching-te

According to a poll released by the Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation on August 18, if the “2024 Taiwan regional leader election” was held today, 47.1% of respondents said they would vote for incumbent Taichung Mayor Lai Ching-te of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

In contrast, 15.3% of respondents said they would vote for New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi of the Kuomintang (KMT), and only 8.6% would vote for Foxconn founder Terry Gou.

Lai Ching-te’s support rate was nearly three times higher than Hou You-yi’s. Among DPP supporters, Lai’s support rate reached 85.2%, far ahead of President Tsai Ing-wen’s 51.3%.

The poll results show that Lai Ching-te has consolidated his position within the DPP after winning the Taichung mayoral election by a large margin last year. He has become the most popular potential candidate for the DPP in the 2024 regional leader election.

The Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation pointed out that if the DPP nominates Lai to run for regional leader, it will have a good chance of winning. However, the DPP still faces challenges in the election, as the KMT has been gaining ground recently. The DPP needs to maintain solidarity and momentum to achieve victory.