Taipei, May 17 (CNA) A government survey released on Thursday showed that 70 percent of adults in Taiwan favor the status quoacross the Taiwan Strait, while a little over 70 percent thinkthat Taiwan's freedom and democracy will have a positiveinfluence on China as the two sides continue to have exchanges.
The Mainland Affairs Council, which is responsible for making and implementing China policy, released the results of the survey priorto the May 20 inauguration of President Ma Ying-jeou's second term.
The survey found that 67 percent of Taiwan's people over 20 yearsof age agree that "benevolent interaction" across the Taiwan Strait is possible when both sides jointly participate in international organizations or international activities on an equal footing and withdignity.
Two thirds of the polled said institutionalized talks across thestrait are helpful for stabilizing and improving ties, and 62 percentsupport the government strategy of dealing with economic issues firstbefore tackling other knottier issues, according to the survey.
With the eighth round of high-level talks between Taipei andBeijing scheduled to take place next month, 69.1 percent of surveyrespondents said they support the government proposal to sign aninvestment protection pact with China, and 78.8 percent support theinking of a customs cooperation pact.
The survey, conducted between May 3-6, received 1,075 validsamples. It has a confidence level of 95 percent, with a margin oferror of 2.99 percentage points.
(By Chai Sze-chia and S.C. Chang)