60 percent support systematic cross-strait consultations: MAC
By Feng Chao and Lilian Wu, CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) unveiled the results of a public opinion survey Friday showing that nearly 60 percent of the respondents support systematic consultations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.
December 18, 2009, 1:40 pm TWN
The results show that 59.5 percent of those polled support such talks, while 18.7 percent do not.
The results also show that over half of the respondents support the four agreements expected to be signed Dec. 22 in Taichung, central Taiwan by Chiang Pin-kung, chairman of the Straits Exchange Foundation and his Chinese counterpart Chen Yunlin, president of the Association of Relations Across the Taiwan Straits.
According to the survey results, 65.3 percent support an agreement on industrial product standards, inspection and certification, while 61.3 percent believe an agreement on agricultural quarantine inspections will help safeguard public health.
Fifty-six percent support both sides reaching an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation, while 50.2 percent support a fishing crew cooperation agreement.
Asked about their views on cross-strait trade relations, 31.7 percent said they "should be further strengthened." This compared with 25.7 percent who said the pace was "just fine, " and 27.3 percent who said trade relations are "too close."
The Dec. 11-13 survey, conducted by the Election Study Center of National Chengchi University and commissioned by the MAC -- targeted people over the age of 20, collecting 1,092 effective samples with a margin of error of 2.97 percent.