Taiwan public opinion: 23pct for maintaining status quo, 36pct for de jure independence

18-Sep-2018 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Percentage of respondents anticipating political integration with China was reported at 26 percent, an increase of 11 percent since 2016

The Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation released its latest polling data on September 17 regarding current attitudes of Taiwanese citizens towards the Tsai administration. The survey also asked about their expectations for the future of cross-strait relations.

According to the data, 36.2 percent of those polled stated that they believe de jure independence for Taiwan is preferable for the country’s future. Likewise, 23.2 percent believe that maintaining the status quo is the best option for the country, voicing support for maintaining de facto independence.

In opposition to support for independence, 26.1 percent of the population, or about one fourth of people polled believe that future political integration with China is a preferable outcome.

Significantly 14.6 percent said they did not know, when asked about the political future of the country.

It is important to note that the poll was carried out by listings for residential telephone numbers, which likely slanted responses heavily towards respondents of older generations. The survey was conducted over September 9 to September 11, sampling 1,075 people.

According to the data, the number of respondents who believe de jure independence is better for Taiwan, has decreased by 15 percent over the past two years (from 50 to 36).

Conversely, there has been a marked increase over the past two years of respondents who believe that political integration with China is preferable (from 15 to 26 percent). The number of people who believe the status quo is preferable has remained steady at around 25 percent, with only a slight 2 percent decrease from 2016 to 2018.



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