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70 percent of Taiwanese fear for job in 2009: Magazine survey

70 percent of Taiwanese fear for job in 2009: Magazine survey

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Almost 70 percent of Taiwanese fear they could lose their work in 2009, according to a survey released by CommonWealth Magazine Tuesday.
The State of the Nation poll, which the monthly has been organizing each year for 12 years, has listed some of its history’s most pessimistic findings in its edition for 2009.
In addition to the 68.3 percent worried about being laid off, 56.6 percent of respondents see their own economic situation worsen over the next year, the highest figure in the survey’s history, the magazine said.
The 8.3 percent holding positive expectations for the next year is the lowest since the survey started.
Confidence in the Ma Ying-jeou administration’s ability to turn the tide around is also at a low ebb, with 57.5 percent expressing pessimism, more than double the 28 percent expecting the government to succeed.
The gap between rich and poor in Taiwan is “very serious,” said 62.1 percent of the respondents, with another 23.7 percent marking it as “serious.”
The number of poll respondents dissatisfied with Ma’s performance is widely outpacing the satisfied, 55.3 percent against 33.4 percent, CommonWealth said. The dissatisfaction with the president has also reached his own Kuomintang, where 64.3 percent were not happy.
Almost half the participants in the survey, or 46.7 percent, blamed Taiwan’s current economic predicament on the international crisis, though 19.8 percent said the Ma administration lacked any overall policy direction.
The magazine interviewed 1,087 respondents by phone from 17 to 21 December, with a margin of error of 3 percent.
Unemployment reached 4.64 percent in November, with more than 500,000 people looking for work, government statistics showed. On Monday, Central Bank Governor Perng Fai-nan told lawmaker the economy was not likely to rebound until the middle of next year at the earliest.


Updated : 2021-08-01 03:10 GMT+08:00