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Mengzhi, don't play dumb - it doesn't work
Originally posted by mengzhi at 7-5-2007 13:14
Welcome back , long time no see . How have you been ? Rehabilitated yet ?
No, sorry I'm still free-thinking and committed to democracy.
I am not sure what " poll " you would like to see. There are just too many to be listed here.
I'm talking about opinion polls, polling conducted by various media groups and institutions specifically on single issues. Surely you must be able to come up with an opinion poll published in say a pro-KMT Taiwan newspaper (or indeed the KMT itself) that says a majority of Taiwanese want full unification, yes?
The one fact which may be of help, one even you would find it hard to dispute, is that the DPP in the Yuen has a minority quotient of MPs.
First of all, the KMT doesn't have a majority either. It only forms a slim majority with the PFP.
You know full well that people are elected for multiple reasons, rarely one - especially since the KMT does not say "a vote for us is a vote for unification". Better ties with China, yes - but that isn't unification. The KMT's Ma even said that formal independence was one option open to Taiwan. It's possible to vote KMT yet not want unification, because it couldn't happen without a referendum to change the Constitution.
It's very common for voters to disagree with some policies/attitudes regarding the people they elect. I'm sure Nicholas Sarkozy won votes from people that don't particularly like the US/UK (he is more friendly towards those two countries than Chirac), just as some voters in the UK that didn't like the war in Iraq "held their noses" and voted for Tony Blair to keep the Conservatives out of government in 2005.
But if you want to bring elections into it, there is also the fact that the DPP still forms the government/executive in Taiwan. Not that I think national elections are about independence/unification - bread-and-butter issues always take precedent.
There's also the issue of turnout and votes cast. Even if the KMT and PFP tallies are combined, they still only got 49.68% of the vote (but because of the electoral system, they got slightly more than half the seats between them). With turnout at only 59.16% that suggests only about 29.4% of the electorate voted for the KMT and PFP. Also the DPP actually gained more seats and votes than the KMT, but because their ally the TSU didn't gain as much support as the PFP they couldn't form a majority by themselves.
In contrast turnout for the Presidential election was higher at just over 80%.
[ Last edited by mencius at 2007-5-7 04:01 PM ]