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Poll shows Ma with lead ahead of Taiwan elections

(Global Times)

09:10, December 05, 2011

The latest opinion poll for the upcoming elections in Taiwan show Ma Ying-jeou, chairman of the ruling Kuomintang party, enjoying 39 percent of respondents' support, seven percentage points ahead of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen.

The poll, conducted by the Taiwan-based United Daily News, was held after a televised debate Saturday, and showed People First Party Chairman James Soong enjoying just 10 percent support.

Support for Ma has dropped by two percentage points compared with a week ago. The proportion of people who are undecided or expect to cast spoiled ballots increased from 14 percent to 17 percent.

"The results show the gap widening between Ma and Tsai, which is now at seven percentage points," said Sun Hsiang-lan, director of the editorial department at the Taiwan-based Chinese Daily.

Asked about the overall performance at the debate, 39 percent favored Ma, 25 percent favored Tsai, and 15 percent voted for Soong.

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