SUPPORT FOR ‘STATUS QUO’:A majority of respondents to the Taiwan Brain Trust poll said that Taiwan should maintain the ‘status quo’ in cross-strait relations
Date: Oct 29, 2016
By: Cheng Hung-ta and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer
An overwhelming majority of Taiwanese believe Taiwan is a sovereign and independent
nation, the results of a poll released yesterday by the Taiwan Brain Trust think tank showed, with 75.8 percent of respondents supporting the sentiment, while 18.9 percent disagreed.
On the issue of Taiwan’s status as a nation, the poll showed that 79.8 percent of respondents said that it is “definitely” or “probably” a sovereign nation, while only 18.9 percent said that either it is “definitely not” or “probably not” a sovereign nation..
The answers indicated that most Taiwanese disagree with a recent statement by China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan (安峰山), who said that “Taiwan has never been a nation.”
Regarding President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) policies on cross-strait relations, the poll showed that 49.4 percent of respondents support her, while 25.5 percent do not. [FULL STORY]