Most Taiwanese people prefer KMT's, not DPP's China policy: poll
Central News Agency
2014-03-13 10:35 PM
Taipei, March 13 (CNA) Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) garnered less support than the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) in several aspects of their China policy, according to a poll released Thursday by the opposition party. According to the survey conducted earlier this month, 42.2 percent of the respondents said they were more comfortable with the KMT's China policy, while 35.2 percent felt that way about the DPP's, the poll showed. The poll results were presented during a meeting of the DPP's China Affairs Committee. They showed that 45.7 percent of the respondents said they supported the KMT's attitude toward exchanges with mainland China, but the DPP's approach was only supported by 31.4 percent of the respondents. The least favorable side of the DPP's China policy, according to the poll, was the party's stance of opposing anything when it came to China, according to 40.7 percent of the respondents. For the KMT, 37.4 percent of the respondents disapproved of the ruling party being too accommodating to China's demands, the poll showed. Among the seven aspects of the two parties' China policy, the DPP only has more public support -- 36.5 percent -- in its social policies than the KMT (32.1 percent). However, in terms of overall policy, 35.2 percent of the 1,433 respondents said their stance on China issues is closer to that of the DPP's, while 41.1 percent identified with the KMT. On the economic front, the KMT again enjoyed more support. The survey results showed that 25.5 percent of the respondents said they supported the DPP's policy, while a much higher 44.7 percent agreed with the KMT's. Some 34.0 percent of those surveyed said Taiwan would benefit more from the DPP's policy, compared with 45.6 percent who supported the KMT. The ruling party also had a higher satisfactory rate -- 47.8 percent -- for the execution of policies than the DPP (27.7 percent), according to the poll conducted earlier in the month. What's most important for Taiwanese people seems to be economic concerns. Some 68.8 percent said the top issue for them if they were to vote in a presidential election today would be a candidate's ability to handle the economy. This was followed by ethics and character (16.1 percent), the ability to handle Taiwan's internal affairs (4.3 percent), the ability to handle China issues (3.7 percent) and the stance on Taiwan's unification with China and independence (2.1 percent), according to the poll. (By Justin Su and Kay Liu)
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