(Central News Agency reporter Jiang Jinye, Washington, 20th) The latest poll results released today by the “American Portrait” project of the Institute of European and American Studies at Academia Sinica showed that only 9.3% of Taiwanese people believe that China is a country that values credit, and 82.7% of people believe that people from China have come from China in recent years. The threat intensifies.
The “American Portrait” project released its latest research report today at the Stimson Center, a think tank in Washington, D.C., analyzing Taiwanese people’s views on the United States and the development of U.S.-China-Taiwan relations.
Pan Xinxin, associate professor of the Department of Sociology at Soochow University, pointed out that this survey of 1,211 Taiwanese adults from September 14 to 19, 2023 found that 34.03% of Taiwanese people believe that the United States is a credit-worthy country, which is higher than that in 2021. Compared with 45.35%, it dropped significantly.
She assessed that this may be due to the outbreak of war in Ukraine and the US government’s response. The U.S. response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has given Taiwanese people a glimpse of the U.S.’s possible response if a conflict breaks out across the Taiwan Strait.
On the other hand, only 9.3% of Taiwanese people believe that China is a credit-worthy country, down by more than 4 percentage points from 13.5% in 2021. Pan Xinxin believes that this is a strong signal.
Polls also show that 55.7% of Taiwanese people believe that the United States has recently increased its security guarantee for Taiwan, and 82.7% of the people believe that the threat from China has intensified in recent years.
In terms of the U.S.’s security support for Taiwan, 66.4% of the people affirmed that U.S. military aircraft and warships regularly sailed in the Taiwan Strait, 65.4% of the respondents believed in the U.S. president’s public commitment to defend Taiwan, and 59.6% of the people believed that visits by high-level U.S. officials to Taiwan would be helpful. This will help the United States to send troops to assist Taiwan in the future.
After the outbreak of the epidemic, Taiwanese chips have become the focus of great concern in the international supply chain, and “silicon shield” has become a hot topic. Li Yutang, an associate researcher at the Institute of European and American Studies at Academia Sinica, pointed out that 44.6% of the people agreed that TSMC is important to the United States and will increase the possibility of the United States sending troops to assist Taiwan, but 47.9% of the people disagreed.
In terms of political party orientation, Li Yutang pointed out that supporters of the Democratic Progressive Party are more certain about the importance of TSMC to Taiwan’s security, while supporters of the Kuomintang and the People’s Party tend to disagree.
In terms of their understanding of the status quo, polls show that strong support for maintaining the status quo is still the intention of the majority of Taiwanese people, with 91.4% of respondents supporting maintaining the status quo. However, in terms of identity, 78.4% of the respondents believe that Taiwan and China are not affiliated with each other, 36.5% of the respondents believe that Taiwan’s country is called the “Republic of China”, and 21.1% agree with the “Republic of China, Taiwan”. In addition, 62.5% of the people consider themselves Taiwanese, only 2.3% think they are Chinese, and 32.2% think they are both. (Editor: Chen Huizhen) 1121121