A close presidential race


The presidential race, due to be held on 14th January looks set to be very close. Although opinion polls are not especially accurate and subject to partisan interpretation, both Nationalist (Kuomintang Party – KMT) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leaning newspapers are giving their candidates only a percentage point or two difference.

The largest lead in today’s final polls gives incumbent president Ma Ying-jeou of the KMT around 44% of the vote and DPP presidential candidate, Ms Tsai Ing-wen about 36%. The third candidate, James Soong of the People First Party (PFP) is standing on around 7% with 13% of voters undecided.

Another poll by a DPP leaning newspaper gives Ms Tsai a one percentage point lead.

Whatever the true position, polls cease from today and voters will have just a few more days to make up their minds.

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