A majority of the people support the "peace platform" adopted by the Kuomintang (KMT), the party said in releasing the results of recent polls on Sunday as KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (???) headed to China for a cross-strait peace development forum.
In a nationwide telephone survey conducted from Oct. 21 to 25, 51.7 percent of respondents said they supported KMT efforts to seek a way out for Taiwan by introducing a "peace platform" on the basis of the ROC Constitution to promote peaceful exchanges with China.
Another 28.1 percent said they did not support the platform, said KMT Culture and Communications Committee Deputy Director-general Hung Meng-kai (???) on Sunday.
In an earlier poll conducted Aug. 28 and 29, 51.5 percent expressed support for the "peace platform" while 20.2 percent opposed it, Hung added.
A separate survey conducted from Oct. 14 to 16 on cross-strait exchanges found that 45.9 percent of respondents supported KMT efforts to continue exchanges and negotiations with China on the foundation of the ROC Constitution to promote peaceful development and improve people's lives across the Taiwan Strait.
Some 34 percent expressed the opposite opinion.
The poll also found that 59.6 percent of respondents said China's purchase of Taiwan's agricultural products in the past few years was helpful in improving the livelihoods of Taiwanese farmers, while 28.3 percent thought it was not helpful.
Some 71.1 percent thought visits by Chinese tourists to Taiwan helped boost the local economy, while 24.2 percent did not think so.
When asked whether the cross-strait mutual judicial assistance mechanism was helpful in protecting the rights of people on the two sides, 70.3 percent of respondents said it was and 18.1 percent said it wasn't.
In addition, 51.3 percent thought that Taiwan's city and county government chiefs should visit China to help improve the livelihoods and interests of Taiwanese, compared with 22.2 percent who said they should not, the Oct. 14-16 survey revealed.
Summing up the results of the polls, Hung said peaceful development between Taiwan and China has become mainstream opinion in Taiwanese society.
The surveys also found that the "peace platform" adopted by the KMT's congress in September, which included enhancing the "1992 consensus" on the basis of the ROC Constitution and exploring possibilities for ending cross-strait hostilities through the pursuit of a peace pact, was in line with mainstream opinion here, Hung said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel