Foxconn founder Terry Gou released a new poll in which he is ahead by 2.7% percentage points to his rival in the Taiwan Presidential Elections, Tsai Ing-wen. However, it is to be noted that this would be true if the elections happen right now. But we already know that the elections are scheduled for January 2020. NOWnews reported that 40.6 percent voted for Gou, while 37.9 percent opted for Tsai in the survey which was released by Gou’s camp. Having said that, the credibility of such surveys released by individual camps has to be questioned as well.
This survey also showed that the popularity of Han is waning based on the internal poll as well as several previous polls. According to reports, however, Gou’s camp did not reveal details as to how the poll was carried out, withholding information such as sample selection, valid samples, and margin of error. This gives us further evidence that the authenticity of these types of surveys might not be 100%.
In addition to this, Gou suffered a defeat in the KMT primaries to Han but has remained noncommittal about whether or not to persist in the presidential campaign. Gou has also said that the decision to contest Taiwan Presidential Elections will be announced by September 17 which happens to be the last date of nomination.
Some reports also speculate that Gou might announce an alliance which also comprises of Ko and former Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng who backed out of the KMT primaries. Regarding the survey, it has to be noted that the results favour Gou only if the elections take place today. However, things could change drastically if Gou decided not to contest the elections.