TAIPEI (The China Post) – A new survey released by the Cross-Strait Policy Association on Jan. 9 indicates that as many as eight in ten people support President Tsai Ing-wen’s “four must” pledge for the development of cross-strait relations.
The survey on “People’s Views on Policy Talks across the Taiwan Strait” also shows that her popularity has climbed to 48.4 percent, a record-high number over the last 12 months.
In response to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech on cross-strait relations on Jan. 1, more than 80.9 percent of respondents said they disapprove of China’s “one country, two systems,” with only 13.7 percent of respondents in favor of the constitutional principle.
Regarding China’s refusal to abandon the use of force against Taiwan, as many as 82.4 percent of respondents believe that this stance isn’t beneficial to cross-strait relations. Still, 12.5 percent of respondents believe that the use of force can be dissuasive.
In addition, 68.5 percent of respondents believe that the “one China (People’s Republic of China, PRC) principle” proposed by China doesn’t leave any space for the Republic of China (ROC). Only 25.5 percent of respondents think that there is still room for co-existence.
More than 55 percent of respondents think that there isn’t any “1992 consensus” across the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, compared to 34.1 percent of respondents who believe that such consensus has never existed in the first place.
In addition, the survey shows that 78 percent of respondents support the cross-strait political consultation envisioned by Tsai Ing-wen, stressing that Taiwan people should authorize and supervise such negotiation process, while 15.4 percent are opposed to such precondition.
Meanwhile, up to 85.2 percent of respondents supports Tsai Ing-wen’s “four musts” pledge for the development of cross-strait relations, with 10.9 percent seems to oppose it. As for the “three shields” proposed by Tsai Ing-wen, 87.3 percent of respondents said they agree with her proposal, while 9.4 percent said they disapprove her.
What’s more? The poll evaluated the response of President Tsai Ing-wen following Xi Jinping’s speech on cross-strait relations: 61.6 percent of respondents said they were satisfied, while another 28.2 percent were dissatisfied.
Regarding her overall performance, 48.4 percent were supportive compared to 46.7 percent who disapproved her, meaning that Xi Jinping’s “Report to Taiwan Compatriots” has enabled Tsai Ing-wen to rebound in polls.
The telephone poll was conducted Jan. 5-6 among 1,074 adults. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.99 percentage points and a 95 percent confidence level.
By The China Post staff