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Taiwanese have favorable view of Chinese president: poll

2017/11/19 16:30:32

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Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) People in Taiwan have expressed relatively favorable feelings toward Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平), possibly because he rarely says anything harsh about Taiwan, according to a survey published Sunday by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation (台灣民意基金會).

Xi had a favorability rating of 51.52 points in the survey, indicating that some Taiwanese have warm or favorable feelings toward him, foundation chairman You Ying-lung (游盈隆) said at a press conference presenting the survey results, adding that this is a noteworthy development.

The poll used a "feelings gauge" to measure how favorable respondents view politicians on a 0-100 scale, with 100 points reflecting the highest level of favorability, 0 the lowest and 50 neutral feelings.

A total of 29 percent of respondents gave Xi a score over 51 points, while 39.9 percent expressed neutral feelings and 19.9 percent gave him a score of less than 49, resulting in an overall average of 51.52.

Generally speaking, most Taiwanese had neutral feelings for Xi, but roughly 10 percent more respondents had favorable feelings toward him than negative feelings. This, plus the overall average of 51.52 points indicates that Taiwanese have a relatively favorable view of him.

The survey results could be attributed to the resolution Xi has demonstrated in the anti-corruption drive he launched in China or his preference for using moderate language when discussing Taiwan, said Chang Ching-hsi (張清溪), an adjunct professor at National Taiwan University, at the press conference.

The poll, conducted between Nov. 13-15, targeted people aged 20 and above, with 1,074 valid samples collected. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.99 percentage points and a confidence level of 95 percent.

It is widely viewed that Xi's grip on power is expected to further consolidate after the week-long 19th congress of the Communist Party of China that concluded on Oct. 24.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao)
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