Taipei, March 17 (CNA) Former Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) is considered by most KMT Congress representatives eligible to vote in the party chairmanship election in May to be the front runner, according to a survey released on Friday.
Among the three leading candidates running in the election, which is set to take place on May 20, 53 percent of respondents said they expected Wu to win, while 16 percent favored incumbent Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) and 8 percent opted for Hau Lung-pin (郝龍斌), the survey results showed.
The survey, which was conducted by Taiwan Public Opinion Society, also indicates that in terms of political experience and capability, 55 percent of respondents considered Wu to be the best candidate, followed by 11 percent for Hung and 10 percent for Hau.
In terms of organizational ability, 48 percent of those surveyed said Wu would be able to unite the KMT, while 11 percent believed Hung was better equipped for the task and 9 percent said the party would be more united under Hau.
As for leadership, 48 percent polled believed Wu would be most likely to lead the KMT to electoral victory after its unprecedented defeat in both the presidential and legislative elections in January 2016.
About 14 percent believed Hung would be a better leader and 10 percent picked Hau, the survey shows.
The survey indicated that Wu has most support in central and southern areas of the country, while support for Hung is strongest in eastern Taiwan and the offshore islands, while Hau's support base is concentrated in northern Taiwan, it added.
The KMT chairmanship election has six candidates, including former Taipei Agricultural Marketing Corp. general manager Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), incumbent KMT Vice Chairman Steve Chan (詹啟賢) and former lawmaker Tina Pan (潘維剛).
The survey was conducted from Feb. 24-25. A total of 691 KMT Congress representatives were interviewed. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
(By Claudia Liu and Elizabeth Hsu)