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Taiwanese have low opinion of their society: poll

Taiwanese have low opinion of their society: poll

Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) Taiwanese people have a low opinion of their society in general and especially of public figures, the media and corporate heads, according to a poll released Monday. The poll asked 1,006 randomly selected people aged over 20 around Taiwan to rate today's society on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 points representing a perfect score. Respondents gave an average rating of 5.05 points, with those between the ages of 20 and 29 averaging 5.49 points and those over 60 averaging 4.83 points, the poll found. Certain trends in Taiwan received more positive ratings, including exercising (5.95 points), learning new things (5.66 points) and maintaining good relationships with neighbors (5.63 points). But the sense of responsibility of public figures (4.11 points), the conscience of corporate heads (3.97 points) and the fairness and objectivity of the news media (3.94 points) were all found lacking, the poll found. On the question of what most urgently needed to be improved in Taiwan, 30.2 percent of respondents said corporate ethics and accountability, followed by news media practices (29.2 percent) and laws and regulations (20.4 percent). The poll, commissioned by the T.H. Wu Foundation, was conducted by the Global Views Survey Research Center based on telephone interviews from Dec. 7 to 11. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-26 03:53 GMT+08:00