Most Taiwanese Still See PRC As `Hostile,` Finds DPP Poll

From the Taiwan News:

The overwhelming majority of Taiwan adults believe that the People`s Republic of China is “hostile“ and “autocratic“ and maintain that Taiwan and mainland China “do not belong to the same country“ despite Beijing`s high-profile gift of two pandas to the Taipei City Zoo, a poll conducted by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party showed.

DPP Public Survey Office Director Chen Chun-lin, a former vice minister of the Cabinet – level Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, related that the poll of 1,105 Taiwan adults, conducted on December 23-24, showed that 56.8 percent of the 1,105 Taiwan adults said that China was “hostile“ with 32.2 percent believing that the PRC was “friendly“ to Taiwan.

While 84.3 percent of “pan-green“ supporters and 59.5 percent of “middle voters“ said China was “hostile,“ 54.3 percent of “pan-blue“ or pro-KMT respondents believe China is “friendly.“

Moreover, 85.1 percent of respondents said China was “autocratic,“ with just 8.9 percent saying they thought the PRC is “democratic.“

In addition, 70.6 percent said China was “hypocritical and tricky,“ while 15.3 percent believe China “is worth trusting“ and 81.0 percent said the PRC was “selfish“ compared to 9.0 percent who considered China to “be socially responsible.“

December 26, 2008, 11:32 AM
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