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Over 83 percent of Taiwanese people want to keep status quo: poll

2018/11/02 22:26:42

MAC Deputy Minister and spokesman Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) / CNA file photo

Taipei, Nov. 2 (CNA) Over 83 percent of the people in Taiwan do not want to alter the status quo between Taiwan and China, according to a public opinion poll released Thursday.

As much as 83.4 percent of Taiwan's public is in favor of maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait for the time being, a Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) commissioned survey found.

Out of the respondents who wished to keep the status quo, 31.1 percent believed in being able to make decisions on cross-strait relations in the future, while 22.3 percent wished to keep the situation the way it is indefinitely, the survey pointed out.

Similarly, 16 percent of the respondents who wished to maintain the status quo want future political integration between the two sides, while 14 percent support independence, the survey noted.

Meanwhile, 8.6 percent of the respondents wished for Taiwan to declare independence as soon as possible, while 3.1 percent wanted political integration right away, the survey showed.

MAC Deputy Minister and spokesman Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正), in an interview with CNA, said that regardless of whether Taiwan's future is political integration with China or independence, the vast majority of respondents wish to maintain the status quo.

In addition, the intensity of desire for future political integration or independence was hard to calculate, as the term future may mean 50 years or even 100, Chiu said.

According to MAC records, the 8.6 percent of respondents who wanted Taiwan to declare independence as soon as possible and the 16 percent who wanted to keep the status quo with future political integration were the highest in the last 10 years.

Wang Chih-sheng (王智盛), Cross-Strait Policy Association (TWCSPA) secretary general, said that Beijing's recent actions towards Taiwan has resulted in a polarization of the country's society.

The survey was conducted by National Chengchi University's Election Study Center from Oct. 24-28. It collected 1,085 valid responses of adults over 20 years of age. It had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.98 percentage points.

(By Miao Zong-han and William Yen)