Public Opinion in Taiwan
The entire report can be found at the Global Survey Research Center website. The main points are as follows, with far more information and graphs contained in the survey itself:
Survey on President Ma Ying-jeou’s Performance after Assuming KMT Chairpersonship, Ma-Hu Meeting, and Taiwanese People’s views on Unification with China and Independence
A. In response to President Ma’s returning to the helm of the KMT, 51.7 percent of the respondents did not think it would create a clean image for the KMT and 41.7 percent said Ma was not competent to promote democratic reforms within the party.
B. 43.9 percent said it was appropriate if President Ma Ying-joue and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao met as leaders of ruling parties across the Strait while 36.5 percent said inappropriate.
C. Taiwanese people’s views on independence-unification issue: 51.7 percent favored status quo, 29.3 percent independence and 8.3 percent unification. People’s stance on ultimately independence-unification issue: 47.2 percent of people were supportive of ultimate independence while 34.1 percent were not. 15.7 percent backed ultimate unification with China while 69 percent voiced opposition.
D. President Ma Ying-jeou’s approval rating is 29.5 percent and disproval rating is 58.6 percent this month. 41.8 percent trusted him but 42.4 percent not.
E. KMT lawmakers’ approval rating is 21.9 percent and disapproval rating is 58.5 percent.
I also found data from the same source in this Kuomintang News Network website:
Global Views Survey Research Center
Survey: Signing of an ECFA and cross-Strait exchanges, views on reunification and independence, President Ma’s approval ratings
1. Do you think signing a cross-Strait ECFA is important to Taiwan’s economy?
Yes: 54.4% No: 19.2% No opinion/Don’t know: 26.4%
2. Do you think that signing an ECFA with the Mainland is tantamount to reunifying with the Mainland under the PRC?
Yes: 30.7% No: 49% No opinion/Don’t know: 20.3%
3. Do you think that the government would minimize the negative impact and protect people’s rights when signing an ECFA with the Mainland?
Yes: 28.1% No: 55.3% No opinion/Don’t know: 16.6%
4. For Taiwan’s economy to improve, do you think cross-Strait economic exchanges should increase or decrease?
Increase: 44.6% Decrease: 27.8% No opinion/Don’t know: 27.6%
5. Do you think the DPP supports increasing the scale of cross-Strait exchanges?
Yes: 17.9% No: 59.8% No opinion/Don’t know: 22.3%
6. If DPP increased its cross-Strait exchanges with the Mainland, do you think it would help Taiwan in striving for its overall interests?
Yes: 49.1% No: 32.4% No opinion/Don’t know: 18.5%
7. Over the next two years, do you think that the DPP needs to adjust its Mainland policy and the way they deal with the Mainland?
More open: 51.2% More conservative: 11.9% No need to change: 8.6% No opinion/Don’t know: 28.3%
8. What is your current stance on reunification versus independence?
Maintain the status quo for now, then see what happens later: 42.5% Support Taiwan independence: 23.9% Maintain the status quo forever: 7.6% Reunify with mainland China: 7.4% Decline to respond: 18.69%
9. Do you think that both sides of the Strait should reunify in the end?
Yes: 18.9% No: 54.7% No opinion/Don’t know: 26.3%
10. Do you think that Taiwan should become independent in the end?
Yes: 42.1% No: 30.2% No opinion/Don’t know: 27.7%
11. President Ma Ying-jeou’s approval and trust ratings (December 2009):
Satisfied: 23.5% Dissatisfied: 62.2%
Trust: 38% Distrust: 46.4%
12. If you were to vote again in a Presidential election now, would you vote for KMT’s Ma Ying-jeou or the DPP?
KMT’s Ma Ying-jeou: 39.8% DPP: 28.4% Don’t know/No opinion: 31.8%
13. Figures showing satisfaction ratings of the KMT legislators in the Legislative Yuan (December 2009):
Satisfied: 20.3% Dissatisfied: 59.8%
Note: This poll was conducted from 18:20 pm to 22:00 pm between December 14 and 16 with 1,022 people over 20 years of age surveyed. The margin of error associated with this sample is plus or minus 3.1 % with a 95 % confidence interval.
Source: Global Views Magazine Public Opinion Poll Center
There is far more information in the Global View Survey Research Center article, so be sure to check it out. The KMT information has other dates in the survey that might be of interest. I only listed the numbers as of December 2009 but you can see the trends if you look at the surveys themselves.
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