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Most Taiwanese in favor of safeguarding cross-strait peace: poll

2016/06/08 19:21:31

Taipei, June 8 (CNA) Over 90 percent of people in Taiwan support the new government's policy of maintaining the status quo of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, according to an opinion poll published by the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Wednesday.

The public opinion survey on President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) inaugural speech and cross-strait issues showed 92.8 percent support for her government's stance of safeguarding the existing peace and stability between Taiwan and China.

The survey also found that 74.4 percent of the Taiwan public agrees with Tsai's position that cross-strait affairs should be managed on the basis of the Republic of China Constitution, the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, and other laws.

Meanwhile, 74.6 percent of people in Taiwan support President Tsai's statement that she respects the historical fact of a 1992 meeting between Taiwan and China during which they reached a common understanding, according to the poll.

It showed that 85 percent Taiwan's people think both sides should maintain the current exchange mechanism for communication and dialogue.

Nearly 91 percent said the government should pursue cross-strait relations based on the principles of democracy and the will of the people, according to the poll.

It found that 83.4 percent of the public would like to see the enactment of a law specifically to govern cross-strait agreements, while nearly 80 percent think that negotiations on a stalled cross-strait trade-in-goods agreement should be held under the terms of such a bill.

More than 80 percent of people in Taiwan also said they would like to see Taiwan and China discussing joint participation in regional development and seeking all means of cooperation, the poll found.

In addition, nearly 80 percent think Taiwan's international space should not be affected by changes in cross-strait relations, the survey showed.

The survey, commissioned by the MAC, was conducted by Taiwan Real Survey Co. from June 2-4. It collected 1,084 valid samples and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.98 percentage points.

(By Chen Chia-lun and Lilian Wu)