Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei mayoral candidate Pasuya Yao has not had much luck since he was nominated by the party at the end of May. Several opinion polls showed that the efforts made by the journalist-turned-lawmaker to seek public support have been in vain no matter how hard he has tried.
A survey released by an online media outlet in mid-July showed Yao winning support from 11% of the polled only. Independent incumbent Ko Wen-je had 38% and opposition KMT nominee Ting Shou-chung polled at 27%. The survey also found next to no support for Yao from people aged between 20 and 29.