Want China Times
By: CNA and Staff Reporter
The student-led Sunflower Movement, seen here during its occupation of the Legislative
Yuan on April 9, 2014, galvanized public opposition to government policy and brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets in support. But people aren’t making as many calls to chat shows, the poll said. (File photo/Keye Chang)
Incessant bickering between the ruling blue and opposition green political camps in Taiwan may drive some in the country crazy, but most people are actually lukewarm or even cold to political and social participation, according to a survey published Friday.
Only 1% of Taiwan’s public have made call-ins or submitted their views about government performance in local media over the past year, according to the survey on the level of public participation in Taiwanese society, conducted by the National Development Council (NDC).
At the same time, only 5% of people in Taiwan have taken to the streets to appeal for their cause over the past year, which seemed a far cry from the student-led Sunflower Movement, in which thousands of people demonstrated outside and inside the Legislature between March 18 and April 10 in 2014 in opposition to the handling of a controversial trade pact with China. [FULL STORY]