Taiwanese identify rises for the first time in four years: poll

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/11
By: Yeh Su-ping and Chung Yu-chen

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Taipei, July 11 (CNA) The number of people who identify as "Taiwanese" has increased after falling for four years, according to a survey released by National Chengchi University Wednesday.

The university's Election Study Center poll (ESC) showed that 56.9 percent of respondents identify as Taiwanese, up from 54.5 percent in 2018, 55.5 percent in 2017, 58.2 percent in 2016 and 59.5 percent in 2015.

The survey was conducted by the ESC from Jan. 1 to June 30 2019, based on a random selection of 7,380 respondents above the age of 20 in Taiwan.

When asked "in our society, there are some people who call themselves 'Taiwanese,' some who call themselves 'Chinese,' and some who call themselves both. Do you consider yourself to be 'Taiwanese,' 'Chinese,' or both?" 36.5 percent of respondents said both, while 3.6 percent said Chinese and 3 percent did not indicate a preference, ESC said in a press release.
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