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Support for Taiwan Independence rises in new poll

Support for Taiwan Independence rises in new poll

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Support for Taiwan Independence has risen compared to last March, a new poll revealed Wednesday.
The survey by Global Views Monthly said Taiwan Independence received the approval from 28.2 percent of respondents, or a rise of 3.7 percent compared to a similar poll in March. Of those, 17.8 percent advocated a rapid move toward independence, while 10.4 percent wanted to keep the status quo for the time being but move to independence later on.
Asked whether Taiwan would eventually declare itself a new and independent nation, 49.1 percent replied yes while 38 percent responded negatively, the magazine said. Only 22.9 percent agreed that Taiwan should eventually unify with China, while 63.5 percent disagreed.
Global Views said the most important trend in its regular survey was that the number of people not voicing any opinions or defending the status quo fell slightly, while the number of proponents of both independence and unification rose.
Overall, 52.7 percent of respondents still supported the status quo, while 10.9 percent wanted unification with China. The largest group of those in favor of a status quo, 38.3 percent, said Taiwan should only maintain the present situation for some time before deciding what to choose, and only 14.4 percent said the status quo should last forever. The total figure fell by 2 percent from last March.
In the unification camp, 7.1 percent said Taiwan should hurry up to merge with China, while 3.8 percent said more time was needed, according to the poll. The combined figure marked a rise of 1.1 percent compared to the March survey.
The poll results came as Taiwan and China were quarreling with Japan over the fate of the Tiaoyutai Islands and while prominent opposition figure Frank Hsieh was preparing a milestone visit to China.
The Global Views Survey Research Center conducted the survey September 10-13 by phone. A total of 1,077 citizens aged 20 or over participated successfully with a margin of error of 3 percent, the magazine said.


Updated : 2021-05-11 22:59 GMT+08:00