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Chen Shui-bian
40.0% Approve
53.0% Disapprove

Annette Lu
36.6% Approve
49.1% Disapprove

46.7% Approve
44.5% Disapprove

Yu Shyi-kun
52.8% Approve
37.5% Disapprove

Source: Shih Hsin University
Methodology: Telephone interviews 1,068 Taiwanese adults, conducted from Dec. 22 to Dec. 27, 2004. Margin of error is 3 per cent.[/quote]

Agence France Presse, Dec. 13, 2004, Taiwan President’s Popularity Dips to Record Low After Poll: Survey

Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian’s popularity has fallen to a record low of 34 percent after the defeat of his pro-independence alliance in weekend parliamentary elections, a survey released Monday said.

The United Daily News newspaper asked eligible voters: “Are you satisfied with Chen shui-bian?” Thirty-four percent said “Yes,” while 51 percent said “No,” and the rest had no comment, according to the survey taken on Sunday.[/quote]

It looks like Chen’s popularity is going back up according to this earlier news story.

In December his popularity was 34%, and now in January it is 40%. One month after his inauguration in June 2000, his popularity was at its peak, 79% in favor.

Margin of error is + or - 3% on these polls. So in reality there a mathematical chance that 34% +/- 3% and 40% +/- 3% are actually the same thing.

The point being CSB Taidu campaign and lack of attention to real issues on Taiwan has caused his drop in approval as of late.

Damn, can you never come up with anything better than “it’s the Taidu, stupid”?