Hou Yu-ih calls rivals post-election, urges unity
New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih acknowledged phoning his presidential rivals Ko Wen-je and Lai Ching-te on election night, advocating for unity and emphasizing the importance of listening to the public and resolving issues. Hou, running on the Kuomintang (KMT) ticket, lost the 2024 presidential race. Peggy Chen, wife of Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je, revealed that Ko received a call from a KMT-affiliated individual on election night, rumored to be Hou. Ko reportedly ignored the calls, expressing reluctance to be ＂fooled for a second time.＂ Mayor Hou confirmed making the call after the election results were final, emphasizing the need for unity and addressing urgent problems faced by Taiwan.
President-elect Lai Ching-te exits New Tide faction
President Lai Ching-te has announced his departure from the New Tide faction of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) following the conclusion of the 2024 presidential race. The decision was supported by the New Tide office, recognizing the president’s role in leading the government and symbolizing party unity. Discussions about Lai’s withdrawal began prior to the election, making it unnecessary to explore who initiated the departure. Former legislator Tuan Yi-kang expressed that it is better for the country if President Lai, as the head of state, is no longer a member of New Tide. The New Tide faction, established in 1983, is one of the main factions within the DPP and consists of editors and writers from ＂The Movement＂ magazine. Known for its firm beliefs and strict discipline, the faction is considered the most combat-ready within the DPP. The decision of President Lai is further emphasized by frequent public criticisms from Ko Wen-je, chairman of the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), who has targeted issues of corruption and fraud within the New Tide faction.
Taiwan’s election frenzy: Final weekend rallies in Kaohsiung
The final weekend of the 2024 election race in Taiwan sees presidential candidates from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), and the Kuomintang (KMT) rallying in Kaohsiung. Lai Ching-te, the DPP’s candidate, and his running mate, Hsiao Bi-khim, focus on the Fengshan District for their ’Golden Week Eve’ rally, with notable attendees such as President Tsai Ing-wen and Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai. The KMT and TPP both choose the popular Ruifeng Night Market for their night rallies, with candidates Hou Yu-ih and Ko Wen-je staggering their appearances by an hour. The KMT hosts a unity victory rally at Dream Mall, while the TPP candidate and his wife make appearances in Kaohsiung, boosting support and holding a rally at Aozidi Forest Park. Crowd control and traffic management become important considerations for the rallies at Ruifeng Night Market. As the race intensifies in the final week of campaigning, the candidates are leaving no stone unturned.
Actress Tammy Lai denies wrongdoing amid health dept fine
Actress Tammy Lai responds to allegations of law violation, reaffirming her commitment to professionalism. Amidst ongoing legal proceedings, she vows to prove her innocence and expresses gratitude for public support.
Ko Wen-je’s unconventional approach in presidential race
In the closely contested 2024 presidential election in Taiwan, TPP candidate Ko Wen-je adopts unconventional strategies, focusing on online campaigns and youth participation, challenging the traditional approaches of the KMT and DPP.
Taiwan presidential race tightens: DPP slightly leads KMT
The latest survey results reveal a close presidential race in Taiwan, with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidates Lai Ching-te and Hsiao Bi-khim leading with 35.9 percent support, followed closely by the Kuomintang (KMT) ticket of Hou Yu-ih for president and Jaw Shaw-kong for vice president with 34.7 percent. The Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) candidate Ko Wen-je and running mate Cynthia Wu are in third place with 19.6 percent support. Notably, the TPP’s Ko-Wu ticket has garnered 26.3 percent support from centrist voters, surpassing both the KMT and DPP. While 44.3 percent of respondents believe the DPP candidates are likely to win the 2024 Presidential and Vice Presidential elections, 30.1 percent support the KMT, and 13.8 percent favor the TPP candidates. However, the poll also highlights significant opposition, with 40.5 percent of respondents indicating they would not vote for the DPP ticket, followed by 27.3 percent against the KMT and 20.6 percent not favoring the TPP. The survey, sponsored by ETtoday, was conducted from December 18-19 and gathered a valid sample size of 1,224 Taiwanese adults over the age of 20 using mobile text notifications and closed internet questionnaires. The poll has an error margin of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level.
Lai-Hsiao ticket narrowly leads in tight presidential race
A new poll by ETtoday reveals a tight race in the upcoming 2024 presidential election in Taiwan. The Democratic Progressive Party’s Lai-Hsiao ticket, consisting of Lai Ching-te and Hsiao Bi-khim, leads with 35.9% support, slightly ahead of the Kuomintang’s Hou-Jaw ticket, comprised of Hou Yu-ih and Jaw Shaw-kong, at 34.7%. The Taiwan People’s Party’s Ko-Wu ticket, featuring Ko Wen-je and Cynthia Wu, trails behind with 19.6% support. Despite the close percentages, 44.3% of the public expresses confidence in the Lai-Hsiao ticket’s ability to win, compared to 30.1% for Hou-Jaw and 13.8% for Ko-Wu. Conversely, 40.5% of voters are certain they will not vote for Lai-Hsiao, while 27.3% reject Hou-Jaw and 20.6% turn away from Ko-Wu. In terms of non-constituency legislators, the KMT leads with 35% support, followed by the DPP with 31.3% and the TPP at 14.5%. The poll highlights public concern over Taiwan’s economic ties with China, particularly due to recent trade restrictions viewed as trade barriers and the suspension of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) measures. Additionally, 47.1% of respondents worry that a Lai Ching-te presidency could worsen cross-strait economic and people-to-people exchanges, while 16.4% hold the same concern for Hou Yu-ih and 11.6% for Ko Wen-je. The poll, conducted from December 18 to 19, surveyed 1,224 respondents with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8%. Compared to the previous poll from December 14 to 15, support for the Lai-Hsiao ticket dropped by 2.6 percentage points, while the Hou-Jaw ticket saw a minor decline of 0.4 percentage points, and the Ko-Wu ticket remained unchanged. The number of undecided voters increased to 9.8%, indicating the undecided nature of the electorate ahead of the presidential vote.
’Lai-Hsiao’ tied with ’Hou-Jaw’ in latest Taiwan polls
The latest poll released by United Daily News shows a neck-and-neck race unfolding in Taiwan’s upcoming 2024 presidential election. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidates, Lai Ching-te and Hsiao Bi-khim, known as ＂Lai-Hsiao,＂ have a support rate of 31%, matching the popularity of the Kuomintang (KMT) duo Hou Yu-ih and Jaw Shaw-kong, dubbed ＂Hou-Jaw,＂ who also have a 31% approval rating. Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) candidate Ko Wen-je and his vice-presidential partner, Cynthia Wu, referred to as ＂Ko-Wu,＂ currently stand at 21% in the polls. In terms of in-party support, ＂Lai-Hsiao＂ leads with an 86% approval rate among DPP supporters, ＂Hou-Jaw＂ has an 83% approval from KMT adherents, and ＂Ko-Wu＂ secured an 85% backing from TPP followers. Among neutral voters, ＂Hou-Jaw＂ leads with 25%, followed by ＂Ko-Wu＂ at 23%, and ＂Lai-Hsiao＂ at 19%. However, 45% of all polled voters believe ＂Lai-Hsiao＂ are most likely to win the election, compared to 23% for ＂Hou-Jaw＂ and 13% for ＂Ko-Wu,＂ with 19% feeling the outcome is too close to call. The survey also indicates a collective yearning among 48% of respondents for political change, with 31% expressing a strong desire to see the DPP unseated. The poll, conducted from Dec. 13 to Dec. 17, involved 1,250 adult respondents with an additional 368 refusals. The methodology employed dual-frame sampling of both landline and mobile phones, accounting for mobile-only households, and the results were weighted according to age, gender, and population distribution across various municipalities for those aged over 20. The survey has a margin of error of ±2.8 percentage points at a 95% confidence level.
KMT Chairman Chu eyes majority in 2024 legislative race
KMT chairman Eric Chu expresses optimism about the upcoming legislative elections and suggests that the KMT could potentially secure a majority if things go smoothly. He is joined by legislators-at-large candidates Ko Chih-en and Hsieh Lung-chieh, as they declare their commitment to victory in the 2024 elections. The KMT acknowledges that about 15 electoral districts are currently in tight races and plans to mobilize a strong team including former Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu, presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih, vice-presidential candidate Jaw Shaw-kong, Taipei Mayor Chiang Wan-an, and Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen to bolster support in these critical areas. Chairman Chu expresses confidence in the quality of the KMT’s legislative nominees and emphasizes the party’s careful and cautious approach to the election battle. With high-profile party members rallying to support candidates nationwide, the KMT is gearing up for a significant push ahead of the 2024 legislative elections.
Lai-Hsiao lead slips but tops Taiwan poll at 35.1%
The latest public opinion poll in Taiwan shows a decline in support for all presidential hopeful pairings in the 2024 election. The Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Lai-Hsiao ticket maintains a lead with 35.1% support, despite a drop of 2.7 percentage points. The Kuomintang’s (KMT) Hou-Jaw pairing saw a marginal decline to 32.5%, indicating a close race. The Taiwan People Party’s (TPP) Ko-Wu team also experienced a dip in support, sliding to an even 17%. In terms of party rotation, 32.2% of respondents believe it would be better for Taiwan’s development if the DPP continues to hold the presidency, while 29% prefer a KMT takeover and 15% support the TPP. The poll included 1,201 participants over the age of 20 and was conducted on December 7, 8, and 11.
KMT targets five Taipei seats as 2024 elections loom
The Kuomintang’s (KMT) legislative head of the Taipei City branch, Huang Lu Chin-ju, confidently stated that the KMT is poised to win five out of the eight constituencies in the upcoming legislative elections in Taipei City. Huang believes that the KMT’s strong standing in the elections could boost support for KMT presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih. Huang also discussed the competitive race in the Shilin-Beitou constituency, highlighting the close contest between KMT candidate Chang Szu-kang and Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Rosalia Wu. Huang noted that the inclusion of Taipei City Councillor Hou Han-ting in the race could create a two-strong and one-weak scenario. Huang also mentioned the situation in the Datong-Shilin district, where KMT candidate Yu Shu-hui has made a remarkable comeback in polling. While Huang expressed confidence in securing five seats, the ultimate goal is to win all eight seats in Taipei City.
TPP campaign chief unveils strategy shift amid Ko’s decline
Taipei (TVBS News) — Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) campaign chief Vivian Huang suggests that TPP presidential candidate Ko Wen-je should ignore daily critiques from traditional media to improve his lagging poll numbers ahead of the 2024 presidential election. Ko’s support has significantly declined, and veteran media person Huang Wei-han advises him to stop blaming institutional effects, fake news, and media blackouts, and instead acknowledge the deficit in the race. Former legislator Shen Fu-hsiung predicts that Ko may receive as little as 12% of the vote and suggests that the TPP might secure only six seats in the Legislative Yuan. However, Vivian Huang counters the negativity by emphasizing that internal polling for the TPP shows their support at around 20%. She advises against focusing on negative press and poll results from traditional media platforms, advocating instead for a concentrated effort on promoting and implementing the party’s own policies.
Taiwan prepares for election with English-language panel
Join a panel of experts for ＂Taiwan Goes to The Polls,＂ an insightful English-language discussion on Dec. 13, analyzing the dynamics of Taiwan’s 2024 presidential election and its global implications. Register now for the event in Taipei.
DPP leads in latest 2024 election poll; KMT trails
The latest poll by Formosa Magazine reveals that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is leading the 2024 Taiwan presidential race, with the Kuomintang (KMT) trailing with approximately 30% support, and the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) at the bottom. Lai Ching-te and Hsiao Bi-khim, the DPP presidential candidates, have an approval rating of 36.3%, while the KMT contenders, Hou Yu-ih and Jaw Shaw-Kong, hold a 31.0% approval rating. Ko Wen-je and Cynthia Wu of the TPP secured an 18% support rate. In terms of party support, 32.4% of respondents favored the DPP to continue governing, 28.9% supported the KMT taking the reins, and 14.8% backed the TPP to lead. When asked about an alternation of ruling parties, 37.8% favored voting for the opposition party with the highest polls, while 51.4% disagreed. The poll also examined negative sentiments towards the candidates, with 33.3% least wanting to see Lai Ching-te become president, followed by Ko Wen-je at 23.8% and Hou Yu-ih at 16.4%. Among committed supporters, 20.5% declared unwavering support for the Lai-Hsiao ticket, while Hou and Jaw received 20.0%, and Ko and Wu had 9.1%. However, 41.9% of voters did not pledge strong allegiance to any candidate. The poll, conducted from Nov. 24 to Nov. 28, 2023, used the Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) method and successfully interviewed 1,476 people with a 95% confidence level.
Tight race in Taiwan: poll shows DPP slightly ahead of KMT
The latest Gallup poll results reveal that in Taiwan’s 2024 presidential election, the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) ＂Lai Ching-te and Hsiao Bi-khim ticket＂ holds a narrow lead with 31.01% support. The Kuomintang (KMT) trails closely behind with its ＂Hou Yu-ih and Jaw Shaw-kong pair＂ at 30.94%. The Taiwan People’s Party’s (TPP) ＂Ko Wen-je and Wu Hsin-ying combo＂ garners 18.12% support. Additionally, 4.74% of voters plan to abstain from voting, 12.27% remain undecided, and 2.93% did not provide a response. Notably, 31.7% of respondents express a preference for candidates over party lines, indicating the presence of swing voters who could play a crucial role in the election. The poll surveyed 1,073 individuals aged 20 and above across all 22 municipalities of Taiwan from November 25 to November 27. The results were weighted by gender, age, and household registration location, with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.99% at a 95% confidence level.
Ko blames KMT for failed alliance, eyes strong opposition
Ko Wen-je, the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential candidate, criticized the Kuomintang (KMT) for prioritizing the presidency and failing to consider alternative options. He expressed his willingness to compromise but emphasized the need for a strong alliance among opposition parties. Ko cited an experts’ meeting that favored his ticket over the KMT’s. He accused the KMT of misrepresenting his intentions and failing to reflect public opinion. Despite the temporary split between the KMT and TPP, Ko remains confident that the 2024 political turnover can be achieved. He thanked Terry Gou for withdrawing from the presidential race and acknowledged his running mate Cynthia Wu’s commitment to charitable work. Ko pledged to stay steadfast in the face of challenges and believed in the power of the people to deepen democratic reform.
Terry Gou supporters shocked, disappointed by withdrawal
Foxconn founder Terry Gou has withdrawn from the race for the 2024 Taiwan presidential election, surprising his supporters. Gou had previously secured enough signatures to make a bid for the presidency. The announcement came just as the registration for the presidential and legislative elections closed. Despite expressing disappointment, supporters respected Gou’s decision for the greater good. Gou’s withdrawal followed a request from Taiwan People’s Party candidate Ko Wen-je, which caused discontent among his supporters. Gou had campaigned in Chiayi City, where he had support from the ＂Friends of A-Ming＂ group. The group had successfully reached the petition threshold, but were not forewarned about Gou’s decision. In his withdrawal statement, Gou emphasized his unwavering spirit on the global business stage and his love for Taiwan’s people. He highlighted the importance of victory and regime change for Taiwan, stating that an unwillingness to compromise is unacceptable for those seeking political turnover.
’Gou-Lai ticket’ ends bid, aiming to unify Taiwan further
Independent candidate Terry Gou and running mate Lai Pei-hsia have withdrawn from the 2024 presidential race, expressing gratitude to supporters and emphasizing their commitment to unifying Taiwan and improving living standards. Lai’s heartfelt message conveyed disappointment over failed attempts to unify opposition parties, highlighting their dedication to the Republic of China. Lai praised Gou’s vision and affirmed her determination to protect the nation. The withdrawal occurred on the deadline for registration, leaving the race between Lai Ching-te of the Democratic Progressive Party, Ko Wen-je of the Taiwan People’s Party, and Hou Yu-ih from the Kuomintang, setting the stage for a three-cornered fight in the upcoming elections.
Rapid decision-making for Jaw Shaw-kong on ’Hou-Jaw ticket’
Discover the latest turn in Taiwan’s 2024 presidential race as Jaw Shaw-kong accepts Hou Yu-ih’s invitation to be his vice-presidential candidate. This pivotal move comes hours before the registration deadline, marking a strategic shift in KMT’s campaign and impacting Jaw’s media career.
Ko Wen-je stands firm as TPP’s candidate for 2024 election
In a Facebook announcement, Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) candidate Ko Wen-je’s campaign manager Vivian Huang confirmed that Ko will persist as the TPP’s presidential candidate in Taiwan’s 2024 election. Huang had earlier represented the campaign at the Central Election Commission (CEC) to obtain the necessary forms. Ko’s rival candidate, Hou Yu-ih of the Kuomintang (KMT), proposed that both parties publicly review nine opinion polls and broadcast the process live, but Huang dismissed the idea, asserting that the scientific data would not change. Huang emphasized that Ko intended to run as the TPP nominee, even without a formal partnership with the KMT. Ko’s campaign spokesman, Austin Tai, reiterated the unwavering nature of Ko’s candidacy and clarified his current status in the race. While Ko plans to hold campaign meetings with his staff on Thursday, he has no intention of registering at the CEC on that day. Despite the ongoing election fervor, Ko Wen-je remains a steadfast figure in Taiwan’s dynamic political landscape, determined to contest the presidency, whether or not he receives broader coalition support.
Lai Ching-te leads in latest Formosa Magazine poll
Taiwan’s Formosa Magazine released its latest poll results for the 2024 presidential election. The Democratic Progressive Party’s Lai Ching-te leads in both three-way and four-way races, with the Kuomintang’s Hou Yu-ih closely behind. In a three-way race, Lai has 31.8%, followed by Hou with 29.6% and Taiwan People’s Party’s Ko Wen-je with 27.1%. In a four-way contest, Lai still leads with 30.4%, followed by Hou at 27.2%, Ko at 22.9%, and independent candidate Terry Gou at 5.5%. The poll also addressed the KMT-TPP alliance break, with 17.3% blaming the KMT, 26% blaming the TPP, 20% finding both parties accountable, and 22.3% expressing no opinion.
Lai Ching-te rebuffs China’s criticism in Time interview
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Lai Ching-te emphasizes his political standpoint in a Time magazine interview after registering with the Central Election Commission (CEC) alongside running mate Hsiao Bi-khim, becoming the first confirmed party pair for the 2024 presidential election. The interview coincided with the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) of China’s Central Committee harshly criticizing the DPP candidates, accusing them of advocating for ＂independence upon independence.＂ Lai dismisses China’s criticisms, highlighting that Chinese officials lack experience with a national transition to democracy. He underscores the differing national visions of the opposition party Kuomintang (KMT) and the DPP, asserting the DPP’s firm commitment to safeguarding Taiwan’s sovereignty and rejecting China’s attempts at unification. During the registration, Lai and Hsiao, who have differing preferences for pets, wear badges featuring painted animal figures, symbolizing their unique cooperation. Supporters enthusiastically witness this exciting moment, demonstrating their enthusiasm for the upcoming election race.
KMT candidate Hou Yu-ih awaits decision from TPP’s Ko Wen-je
Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih expresses his intention to wait for Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je to make a decision. Hou emphasizes the need for collaboration and recognizes that 60% of the public hopes for cooperation between the KMT and TPP. The registration deadline for the 2024 presidential race is approaching, but Hou has yet to decide on a running mate. He hopes for cooperation to achieve party alternation for Taiwan’s prosperity, sustainability, and stability.
TPP announces candidates for Taiwan’s 2024 legislative race
The Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) has announced its list of 34 candidates for the legislator-at-large positions for the 2024 elections. Former Taipei Deputy Mayor Vivian Huang and former lawmaker Huang Kuo-chang are the top candidates on the list. Notably, the candidates recommended by independent presidential hopeful Terry Gou were not included. TPP’s presidential candidate Ko Wen-je clarified that Gou declined the invitation to provide recommended names. Ko highlighted the growth of TPP, which he founded four years ago, and emphasized the party’s commitment to recruiting competent individuals dedicated to serving Taiwan’s interests in the legislature.
TPP’s Ko rejects KMT Hou’s call for poll reevaluation
Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) campaign manager Vivian Huang rejects Kuomintang (KMT) candidate Hou Yu-ih’s proposal to reconsider polling results. Huang emphasizes the importance of integrity and unification, stating that reevaluating the data would undermine the previous expert meeting. The primary objective is to present the strongest candidate and convince supporters of a fair race. Ko Wen-je questions the rationale behind redoing the evaluations, expressing confusion over the KMT’s approach. Hou suggests appointing polling experts to debate and reassess the nine previous polls.