Poll: Most disliked country among youth? China
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-11 03:38 PM
The New Taiwan Policy Think Tank released its latest survey on "Political expression and unification or independence movements” Wednesday. In introducing the results, Chairman Wu Rong-yi noted that when asked their favorite among China, the US and Japan, Japan was most often named the favorite, while in the 20-29 age group, nearly 70% said the most disliked of the three countries was China.

The poll was conducted June 5-7 by telephone, with a total of 1,072 valid samples, a confidence level of 95% and a sampling error of plus or minus 3%.

Asked, "Is China friendly or hostile to on Taiwan?" 30.1 percent said they think China is friendly, while 50.4% considered it hostile. Among those answering ‘hostile’ the highest rates were in the groups 20-29 years old and 30-39 years old at 57.7% and 55% respectively.

Comparing China, Japan, and the US, the poll showed that the best-liked of the three nations among Taiwanese were Japan (45.7 percent) and the US (24.6%), followed by China (10.7%); while the least favorite was China (49.9 %), then the U.S. (16.9%) and Japan (10.8%). Among younger subjects dislike of the Chinese hit 69.7% in the 20-29 age group and 61.7% among those 30-39 years of age.

Queried their opinion of the Free Economic Pilot Zone issue, 85% of those sampled admitted that they do not understand what the FEPZs are all about while only 12% expressed confidence in their knowledge of the FEPZ bill. A whopping 91% of those polled said the government needs to explain the purpose and function of FEPZs to the public.

Only 28.9% of those polled supported President Ma Ying-jeou in his effort to promote the Cross-strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA) while 60.2% gave it a thumbs down. Asked whether the ultimate effect of the 318 student movement on Taiwan society was positive or negative, 53.1% said they felt its effects would be positive, while 28.6% believed the effects would be negative.

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