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45% support cross-strait service trade deal: MAC

TAIPEI--Forty-five percent of the respondents to a recent poll said they support a service trade deal signed between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, up 5.6 percentage points from a previous poll held in September, according to the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC).

The survey found that 40.4 percent said they do not support the pact, down 5.3 percentage points from September.

The survey also found that 58.2 percent of those polled think the pact will be conducive to people seeking to tap into the Chinese market, and 46.5 percent said that the opening of China's service sector to Taiwan will help the island's economic development.

Among those polled, 51.6 percent also said that the cross-strait service trade pact will have substantial benefits for Taiwan's attempts to ink trade cooperation agreements with other countries.

The poll also found that those who support maintaining the cross-strait status quo in a broader sense still account for the majority at 84.6 percent, while 68.7 percent also support the handling of cross-strait exchanges through systematic consultations.

On the pace of cross-strait exchanges, those who think it is “just fine” account for 37.1 percent, and 36.3 percent said the pace is “too quick” compared with 15.8 percent who said it is “too slow.”

The MAC said the cross-strait deal is crucial to Taiwan's participation in regional economic integration and that the government has comprehensive measures to deal with the possible impact after the opening to China's service sector.

National Chengchi University conducted the survey at the commission of the MAC between Dec. 5 and Dec. 9, calling residents aged over 20 and collecting 1,073 effective samples. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.99 percentage points.

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