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Nearly half of Taiwanese say Ma-Xi meet helps cross-strait peace: poll

Nearly half of Taiwanese say Ma-Xi meet helps cross-strait peace: poll

Taipei, Nov. 10 (CNA) Less than half of the respondents, or 45.8 percent, to a recent poll said that last week's summit meeting between the presidents of Taiwan and China in Singapore will help peaceful development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations, while 39.8 percent do not think so, according to the poll results released Tuesday. The Taiwan Competitiveness Forum, a non-profit group dedicated to studying major issues and making forward-looking proposals, commissioned the survey of people aged 20 or over across the country Nov. 6-8 who were asked a series of questions concerning President Ma Ying-jeou's (???) historic meeting with his mainland Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (???), gathering 1,069 valid samples. The poll results show that 42.6 percent of those polled support the Ma-Xi meeting, and 37.5 percent do not. While 22.8 percent of them do not support building a mechanism for holding cross-strait summits, an absolute majority -- 63.6 percent -- called for such a mechanism. The poll also found that 57.8 percent of the respondents feel that Ma's meeting with Xi will not help the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT's) election campaign, with 27.1 percent saying it will help the party, which is being challenged by the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the presidential and legislative elections set for Jan. 16, 2016. If votes were to be cast tomorrow, 45.2 percent of the respondents said they will vote for the DPP's Tsai Ing-wen (???), 22.5 percent for the KMT's Eric Chu (???) and 9.3 for James Soong (???) of the People First Party (PFP). The DPP's electoral prospects apparently have not been affected by the KMT's rapport with the Communist Party of China led by Xi, as the poll shows that 32.6 percent of the respondents support DPP candidates in legislative elections, in which only one candidate in each constituency gets elected. KMT candidates enjoy only 22 percent support. The DPP also beats the KMT in "party ballots" which decide a proportion of legislative seats, by a 35.4 percent-to-23.8 percent margin. None of the minor parties, including the PFP and the Social Democratic Party-Green Party Alliance, enjoy double-digit support, either in the regional candidate vote or the political party representation vote, according to the poll. Regarding the regional candidate vote, 28.8 percent of the respondents said they are undecided, will not vote or will cast an invalid vote. The figure for the party representation ballot is 20.3 percent. The poll has a confidence level of 95 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. (By S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-20 17:20 GMT+08:00