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Majority of polled oppose conceding Taiwan sovereignty

DPP public survey shows approval rating for President Ma falls another 3 percent

Majority of polled  oppose conceding Taiwan sovereignty

Nearly 70 percent of Taiwanese believe that the Kuomintang government "must uphold dignity and not make concessions on Taiwan's sovereignty" in cross-strait negotiations that will be resumed this week, according to an opinion poll released yesterday by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party.
Moreover, the survey of 889 Taiwan adults carried out June 5 and June 6 found that satisfaction with the performance of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of the Kuomintang had slipped to 50.8 percent from 54.
DPP Public Survey Department Director and former Research, Development and Evaluation Commission deputy director-general Chen Chun-lin (陳俊麟) stated that "we rarely see a leader's satisfaction ratings fall so fast and dissatisfaction rating rise so rapidly."
The DPP pollster said the KMT president had originally aimed to use cross-strait liberalization and Chinese tourism to compensate for concern on the economy and oil prices, but noted that the poll showed that the poor handling of the oil price hikes and other issues by the KMT Cabinet of Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) had affected Ma's ratings.
"These results should be a warning to the Ma government that most Taiwanese people are deeply concerned over its concessions on sovereignty and lack confidence in its competence on domestic policy," Chen stated.
According to the DPP poll, 68.3 percent agreed that Taipei should "uphold dignity and not allow any concessions on Taiwan's sovereignty" in the cross-strait negotiations between Taipei's semi-official Strait Exchange Foundation and Beijing's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits.
Only 22.8 percent said that "for the sake of resuming talks, Taiwan can make some concessions on the sovereignty issue," the DPP pollster related, while 8.9 percent had no opinion.
The first session of direct talks between the SEF and ARATS will resume this week in Beijing.
In addition, 61.2 percent expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that ruling KMT Chairman Wu Po-hsiung did not mention "the Republic of China" and referred to President Ma Ying-jeou as "Taipei's Mister Ma" in a meeting with People's Republic of China State Chairman Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) at the end of May, while 24.8 percent found Wu's behavior "suitable."
The DPP survey also found that 61.5 percent disagreed with the claim that complete liberalization of ties with China "is the best way to solve Taiwan's economic and people's livelihood problems," while 33.1 percent agreed.
Moreover, 78.5 percent agreed with Ma's statement that the precondition for talks on a cross-strait peace pact would be the prior withdrawal of PRC missiles aimed at Taiwan, with only 15.2 percent disagreeing.
However, 68.4 percent did not believe Beijing would agree to withdraw its more than 1,400 missiles targeted at Taiwan, with 23.7 percent believing that the PRC would remove the offensive weaponry. Asked who was guiding Taiwan's cross-strait policy, 49.3 percent chose Ma and 32.0 percent said Wu, with 18.7 percent undecided.
In addition, only 28.2 percent agreed with the statement that "the new government has already prepared the complementary measures needed for its cross-strait policy," while 62.2 percent said the KMT administration was not ready.
The survey also found that 50.8 percent were satisfied with the performance of President Ma since he took office May 20, while 42.7 percent were dissatisfied and 6.5 percent undecided.
Chen said that Ma's approval ratings had plunged from over 71 percent shortly before taking office to 54 percent on May 27 to 50.8 percent in the latest poll, while the new president's dissatisfaction rating had soared from 23 percent before his May 20 inaugural to 32.2 percent May 27 and 42.7 percent last Friday.

Updated : 2021-07-29 01:52 GMT+08:00