On the back of her reelection as President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen of the nation’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is now enjoying record levels of public support – in part as a result of her administration’s response to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
A poll conducted by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation (TPOF) earlier this month showed that public support for Tsai jumped a full 12 percentage points to 68.5%, over 40% higher than a once dismal rate of 24.3% recorded in December 2018.
Reasons for the spike in her popularity, highlighted by a 12% jump in just the last calendar month, include her government’s response to the COVID-19 crises currently making headlines worldwide, in addition to a de-facto ban on millions of Chinese nationals entering Taiwan to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
Many in Taiwan still recall the 2003 SARS epidemic that eventually claimed more than 70 lives.
According to the TPOF poll, as released in Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review over 85% of those surveyed were either “fairly” or “very” confident that Tsai’s administration will prevent the COVID-19 virus from getting out of hand.
To date, of over 82,000 cases of COVID-19 worldwide, Taiwan has reported only 32 confirmed cases, with a foreign caregiver working in Taiwan, on Wednesday evening confirmed as the latest victim.