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Support for Taiwan President Tsai surges on virus crackdown

Tough ban on Chinese travelers credited for limiting outbreak's reach

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's approval rating reached its highest level since just after she took office in May 2016.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- The Taiwanese government's tough response to the coronavirus outbreak has helped propel President Tsai Ing-wen's approval rating to its highest level in nearly four years.

Support for the president swelled 12 percentage points from January to 68.5% in a poll by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation -- the best reading since May 2016, just after she took office. Her approval rating had sunk to a nadir of 24.3% in December 2018, following disastrous local elections, before rebounding last year amid a crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

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