Record 83pct of people in Taiwan identify as Taiwanese amid Wuhan virus outbreak

25-Feb-2020 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

As the Wuhan coronavirus continues to rage, a poll finds that over 83 percent of people in Taiwan are identifying themselves as Taiwanese, the highest level since 1991.

According to the latest poll by the Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation (TPOF, released at a press conference on Monday (February 24), found that 83.2 percent of citizens in Taiwan consider themselves Taiwanese, reported Liberty Times. At the same time, the proportion of people who think of themselves as Chinese or having a dual identity has halved since September of last year, reaching the lowest level in 30 years.

In its latest survey results for the month of February, survey participants were asked, “Do you think you are Taiwanese or Chinese, or do you have another identity?” Of those who responded, 83.2 percent think of themselves as Taiwanese, followed by 5.3 percent who consider themselves Chinese, 6.7 percent claim to be both Taiwanese and Chinese, while 4.8 percent had no opinion or refused to answer the question.

The poll was a continuation of a survey that commenced in 1991 titled “A Study of Voting Behavior in Taiwan: the 1991 Election for the Members of National Assembly.” TPOF Chair You Ying-lung pointed out that the survey results showed that those respondents who identify themselves as Taiwanese has reached the highest point since it climbed to 83 percent in 1991.

However, You said that the percentage of respondents who consider themselves Chinese has dropped in half from the 10.9 percent seen in September of last year. Similarly, the percentage who consider themselves to be both Chinese and Taiwanese also dropped significantly from the 13.7 percent recorded in September, both dropping the lowest levels seen in 30 years.

You said that after Xi Jinping’s speech in early 2019 in which he called on implementing the “one country, two systems” model for Taiwan and would not rule out the use of force, the percentage of people identifying as Taiwanese remained steady at 70 percent. This is the same percentage of respondents who consider themselves Taiwanese seen over the past four years of rule by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) President Tsai Ing-wen.

However, You said that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China’s Wuhan greatly disrupted this trend. He said that this major shift is not only of academic significance, but is also “a major discovery in real politics,” according to the report.

In addition, with regard to the handling of cross-strait relations by the Tsai administration during the COVID-19 outbreak, 72 percent of adults are generally satisfied with her performance. Only 18 percent are dissatisfied, while 54 percent say that they are “more satisfied than dissatisfied.”

The survey was implemented by for TPOF by Focus Survey Research from February 17 to February 18. The poll gathered 1079 valid responses from adults over 20 years of age via telephone and had a sampling error of plus or minus 2.98 percent, with a confidence level of 95 percent.


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