Deeper China ties spark autonomy concerns, poll shows
Sixty-two percent of respondents are concerned about a crisis of political autonomy and increased difficulty maintaining the “status quo” because of deeper economic exchanges with China, according to a recent public opinion survey published by the Academia Sinica Institute of Sociology.
The survey also showed that the allure of economic benefits had not changed people’s national identification.
On the question of unification with China, respondents said China’s booming economy had not produced within them a greater identification with the country. Asked what they thought about unification if there were to be significant economic and political cross-strait developments, 21 percent of respondents said they thought it would be a good idea, representing a drop from last year’s figure. However, opposition to unification has risen to 66 percent.
In addition, 47 percent of respondents supported Taiwanese independence, while identification with Taiwan has shown no sign of falling.