by Matthew Strong
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen widened her lead over Kuomintang contender Hung Hsiu-chu to a record 25 percent, according to a poll released by cable station TVBS Tuesday.
The survey came as speculation that the KMT wanted to replace Hung with its chairman, Eric Liluan Chu, reached new heights. Other recent polls showed an even wider gap, with a lead for Tsai of around 30 percent.
The latest TVBS research showed 46 percent for Tsai, 21 percent for Hung and 12 percent for People First Party Chairman James Soong.
For Tsai, the new figure meant a leap forward by 6 percent compared to the previous TVBS poll, while Hung fell by 2 percent. Soong fell 4 percent, in the continuation of a slide since the 20 percent and up he achieved as he declared his presidential bid last August.
Looking at voters who consider themselves neutral or centrist, the number saying they would vote for Tsai rose by 8 percent to 40 percent, while Hung fell only slightly by 1 percent to 13 percent, with Soong registered the largest decline, from 18 percent to 12 percent.
The number of poll respondents saying they would go and vote fell to 76 percent, with 15 percent saying they would not cast a ballot and 9 percent still unsure of what they would do.
TVBS conducted the poll from October 1 through 5 and found 1,130 valid responses with a margin of error of 2.9 percent.