The following abbreviations are used throughout this post to simplify typing and save space:
SD: Maintaining the status-quo now and decide later
SF: Maintaining the status-quo forever
SI: Maintaining the status-quo now and independent later
SU: Maintaining the status-quo now and unification later
II: Independent immediately or as soon as possible
UI: Unification immediately or as soon as possible
NA: No answer or don't know
The time the poll was taken will be denoted with MM/YYYY
First, I will table the one from the Taiwan Thinktank because there was only one, so it is simple to be tabled, and I hope we can see another more recent poll from this organization before the end of this year.
The Taiwan Thinktank opinion poll taken from 08/2007 to 09/2007:
SD 44.9%, SF 11%, SI 14.8%, SU 5.1%, II 15%, UI 1.9%, NA 7.3%
The good thing about this poll is that it accounted for all and the total percentage did add up to 100%.
Second, I will table the ones from the MAC from 2007 onwards, for English-only speaking readers, the line chart can be obtained by going to the MAC link, then click "opinion post" on the left of the page, then choose the "2009" year, click "statistics chart", I chose the "line chart" to study because it gave us an overall presentation over a number of years.The MAC polls results (in %, but I omit writing the % sign below)
08/2007 12/2007 03/2008 08/2008 10/2008 12/2008 04/2009 09/2009
SD 34.9 44.9 43.5 34.4 36.2 40.9 35.0 35.4
SF 17.9 20.6 20.0 22.4 25.5 25.5 27.0 28.0
SI 16.5 11.8 17.1 17.5 12.5 16.4 15.1 14.9
SU 12.2 9.2 10.5 8.3 4.4 9.0 7.6 8.7
II 10.3 7.3 6.0 8.6 14.8 6.0 6.7 5.0
UI 2.2 3.2 1.7 1.5 1.8 2.0 1.2 1.7
TT 94.0 97.0 98.8 92.7 95.2 99.8 92.6 93.7
My immediate observation is:
I have compared the Global View Magazine polls with the ones commissioned by the "Mainland" Affairs Council's chart (thru NCC University, or other private companies). MAC's results as I calculated the average for each year from 2007 (2 polls), to 2008 (4 polls), and to 2009 (2 polls so far), there is no increase on immediate unification, I only observe a slight drop, it never exceeds the 3% in recent years, from 2007 average at 2.7%, 2008 average at 1.75%, and 2009 average at 1.45%. So, the 4% here by the Global View Magazine is questionably high. Only 3 times out of 28, this figure had ever exceeded 3% in the MAC line chart, but recently it has stayed stably below 2%.
There is also a slight drop on the status quo now & unification later, with the average from 2007 to 2009 respectively at:
10.7%, 8.05%, 8.15%.
Maintaining the status quo forever actually is the biggest change, the average from 2007 to 2009 respectively at:
19.25%, 23.35%, 27.5%.
The status quo forever could mean refusing to be part of China, therefotre wanting to be the way it is now forever if not being able to become independent. Otherwise, the people who want to be part of China later would have chosen the maintaining the status quo and unification later category.
The maintaining the status quo and decide later also has a slight loss, the average from
2007 to 2009 respectively:
39.9%, 38.75%, 35.2%.
The drop here didn't go to those people who support unification (either immediately or later because just above we found out that both categories slightly dropped), so it has contributed to the gain in the status quo forever category.
The significant increase (19.25% to 27.5%) in the category of "maintaining the status quo forever" can be interpreted as people who would rather stay as citizens of an unrecognized (or should we say few recognized) nation if not being able to become independent (due to threats from China or pressure from the US), but would never want to become citizens of the People's Republic of China.
Or in Chinese: 寧可當不被承認的國家之國民也不願當中華人民共和國之國民
Also, I wonder if the more exchange, co-op, engagement between Taiwan's mainlanders with the Chinese, the more mainlanders or pan-blue people are afraid of going back to embrace their "motherland"?
I have observed some interesting statistics from the Global View Magazine, but don't have time to write it up now, the total percentage of all categories for the 05/2009 is 90.1%, and 09/2009 is 89.3%. More detailed observations will be posted when I have time.
2009 10 遠見雜誌民意調查結果