Almost 70% of people want oversight mechanism for cross-strait pacts
Central News Agency
2014-05-27 10:32 PM
Taipei, May 27 (CNA) Almost 70 percent respondents to a recent government survey support a quick institution of oversight mechanisms for cross-Taiwan Strait agreements, with nearly 50 percent of them in favor of a speedy review of the trade-in-services pact with China at the Legislative Yuan.

According to the survey, 68 percent of the respondents said they support the idea of mechanisms to oversee cross-strait agreements, while less than 10 percent said they are not in favor.

The National Development Council conducted the survey May 23-24 on recent administrative issues in the areas of cross-strait relations, taxation, people's livelihood, the economy, young people and the constitutional system. The survey found that 41 percent of the respondents expressed support for the cross-strait service trade pact, while 28 percent disagreed with it. Meanwhile, 47 percent said the Legislative Yuan should quickly review the service trade pact with China, while 29 percent want the Legislature to send the pact back to the Executive Yuan. In terms of taxation, 61 percent of the respondents expressed support for implementing a luxury tax, while 57 percent said they support the passage of amendments to the Housing Tax Act to raise the tax rate for non-owner-occupied residential houses, the survey shows. Nearly 67 percent of the respondents agreed that laws should be amended to tighten the rules governing pensions for elderly farmers. In the amendment, farmers aged 65 and over would only be eligible to apply for a state pension if they have been enrolled in the insurance system for at least 15 years. Only 16 percent expressed opposition to the amendment. In addition, nearly 63 percent support the holding of a national economic and trade conference to discuss strategies for Taiwan's future economic and trade development. Less than 10 percent said they were not in favor. Meanwhile, 34 percent said they are in favor of amending the constitution to lower the minimum voting age to 18 from the current 20, while 55 percent disagree with such a move. More than 70 percent of respondents oppose amending the constitution to increase the number of seats in the Legislative Yuan to between 200 and 300 from the current 113, as proposed by outgoing opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang. The survey also found that 22 percent of the respondents are in favor of amending the constitution to change the ongoing presidential system to a Cabinet system, while 32 percent disagree. Given a plural choice, 25 percent of those surveyed favor changing the constitution to a Cabinet system, while 32 percent say the current "dual-head" system of president and premier should be retained.

Less than 10 percent support the idea of changing to the presidential system.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Evelyn Kao)

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