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MAC: On the basis of Taiwan’s mainstream public opinion, the government will continue striving to maintain the Taiwan Strait status quo, pursue institutionalized negotiations, and create favorable conditions for cross-strait peace

  • Date:2013-07-17

July 17, 2013
No. 51

The Mainland Affairs Council today (July 17th) announced the results of its latest regular public opinion surveys. The survey found that a quite stable majority of the people (84.5%) endorse “broadly maintaining the status quo” of cross-strait relations. Regarding the current pace of cross-strait exchanges, 41.5% of the people consider it “just right”, higher than the ratios who consider it “too fast” (34.9%) or “too slow” (11.6%). Also, over 70% of the people (71.9%) support the continuation of institutionalized negotiations as a means of dealing with problems of cross-strait exchanges.

In the last 5-plus years, the government has made the utmost effort to maintain the status quo of “no unification, no independence, and no use of force” across the Taiwan Strait. And under the preconditions of protecting national sovereignty and safeguarding the interests of the Taiwanese people, we have pursued institutionalized negotiations, and promoted benign interaction and exchanges between the two sides of the Strait. In the future, the government will adhere to its established policy line, and continue to create positive conditions for peaceful and stable development on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

This public opinion survey was carried out by the Election Study Center of the National Chengchi University under commission from the MAC. Conducted by telephone survey of adults aged 20 and above in the Taiwan Area during July 5-9. The survey obtained 1,070 valid samples with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.996% at a 95% level of confidence.