Youth vote may be pivotal to outcome of Taiwan polls

Survey shows Tsai has more supporters aged 20 to 39; those over 50 favour Han, Soong

Kuomintang Party candidate Han Kuo-yu greeting supporters during an election campaign event in Keelung on Tuesday. Besides picking their president and vice-president, Taiwanese will also be electing the 113 members of the Legislative Yuan on Saturday
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attending a campaign rally ahead of Saturday’s presidential elections, in Changhua on Tuesday. Taiwan news station TVBS’ final poll before the vote has recorded 63 per cent of voters in their 20s as saying they would choose Ms Tsai and her running mate William Lai. PHOTO: REUTERS
Kuomintang Party candidate Han Kuo-yu greeting supporters during an election campaign event in Keelung on Tuesday. Besides picking their president and vice-president, Taiwanese will also be electing the 113 members of the Legislative Yuan on Saturday
Kuomintang Party candidate Han Kuo-yu greeting supporters during an election campaign event in Keelung on Tuesday. Besides picking their president and vice-president, Taiwanese will also be electing the 113 members of the Legislative Yuan on Saturday. PHOTO: REUTERS

In the run-up to Saturday's elections, each presidential candidate seems to have secured a sturdy base of support from voters in different age groups, a recent poll by Taiwan's TVBS news station shows.

President Tsai Ing-wen has more supporters aged between 20 and 39, while her rivals - Mr Han Kuo-yu from the Kuomintang (KMT) and the People First Party's James Soong are winning over voters aged over 50.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 09, 2020, with the headline 'Youth vote may be pivotal to outcome of Taiwan polls'. Subscribe