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Maintaining status quo remains top choice for Taiwanese: survey

2017/04/21 13:27

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) reaffirms her commitment to cross-strait status quo in her National Day address last October. (CNA file photo)

Taipei, April 21 (CNA) The majority of respondents to a recent poll in Taiwan think the country is a sovereign state and would prefer to maintain the cross-Taiwan Strait status quo, according to the survey results released by Taiwan Thinktank Friday.

In the survey, 74.5 percent of the respondents described Taiwan as an independent, sovereign state.

While 79.9 percent were in favor of maintaining the status quo in relations between Taiwan and China, 9.8 percent were for rapid independence for Taiwan and 1.7 percent supported rapid unification with China, the survey shows.

If maintaining the status quo is out of the question, 62 percent said they would support Taiwan declaring independence, and 21.2 percent said they would support unification with China, the survey reveals.

On their perception of China, 39.6 percent said they did not have any feelings for China, and 33.2 percent described their impression of China as "not good." Only 19.9 percent said they had a good impression of China, according to the survey.

On national identity, 57.2 percent identified themselves as "Taiwanese," down from 60.4 percent in October 2016, with only 3.2 percent identifying themselves as "Chinese," the survey found.

The proportion of people who identified themselves as both stood at 36.5 percent, up slightly from 33.5 percent in October 2016.

Given only two choices, 83.5 percent identified themselves as "Taiwanese," while 10.6 percent identified themselves as "Chinese."

On the current relations between Taiwan and China, 41.8 percent of those polled said they did not think recognizing the "1992 consensus" should be a prerequisite for developing cross-Taiwan Strait relations, but another 25.9 percent disagreed.

While 36.5 percent blamed the current cross-strait deadlock on China's suppression of Taiwan, 30.9 percent attributed the situation to President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) refusal to accept the "1992 consensus."

Relations between Taiwan and China have been at a virtual standstill since Tsai and her pro-independence DPP came to power in May 2016.

Beijing has frozen official talks between the two sides because Tsai's government refuses to endorse the "1992 consensus," which essentially implies that China and Taiwan are part of "one China."

The survey was conducted on April 17-18 among 1,068 adults in Taiwan. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Y.F. Low)ENDITEM/J