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Nearly 80% of Taiwanese will voluntarily defend country: poll

2010/12/27 15:00:08

Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) Deputy Defense Minister Chao Shih-chang onMonday confirmed the results of a poll that showed 76.5 percent ofrespondents will voluntarily fight for their country if it comesunder military threat.

In response to reporters' questions, Chao confirmed that themilitary in October commissioned a civilian poll on national defensepolicies.

In similar survey in 2009, the percentage of people who said theywould volunteer if Taiwan came under attack was 74.5 percent, Chaosaid, attributing the higher percentage this year to what he calledsuccessful national defense education.

The results of the poll this year was reported in theChinese-language China Times, which said it was the highestpercentage in recent years.

According to the poll, civilians between the ages of 40 and 59would be most likely to voluntarily defend Taiwan, and blue-collarworkers would be more willing than white-collar workers to do so.

In light of the fact that the military is preparing to switch toa fully volunteer recruitment system, the Ministry of NationalDefense (MND) said, the poll was conducted to determine the level ofvolunteerism that could be expected in the event of a war, the paperreported.

The results were not publicized because they were meant to beused only as reference by the military's personnel recruitment units,the MND said.

The survey was conducted on nearly 1,000 civilians over the ageof 20 around Taiwan via telephone, the military said.

(By Emmanuelle Tzeng and Elizabeth Hsu)
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