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Respondents favor investigation body

MAJORITY VIEWPOINT In a poll conducted across the nation, most people said they trusted the March 19 Shooting Truth Investigation Special Committee

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Sixty-seven percent of respondents surveyed in a poll released by the Taiwan Thinktank (台灣智庫) yesterday said that they oppose political parties intervening in the March 19 Shooting Truth Investigation Special Committee and they welcomed its establishment.

The poll also showed that about 40 percent of respondents think the special committee organized by the legislators will not be more impartial than the law enforcement agency that probed the attempted assassination of the president and vice president.

Taiwan Thinktank, a foundation that focuses on researching government policies and regularly conducts public surveys, commissioned Focus Survey Research (山水民意研究公司) to conduct the survey on Aug. 27 and Aug. 28 among 1,027 adults nationwide about their viewpoints on the constitutional amendment bills and the March 19 Shooting Truth Investigation Special Committee Statute (三一九槍擊事件真相調查特別委員會條例) that were passed last week.

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Kuo Chien-chung (郭建中), convener of the Taiwan Thinktank, said that the poll found that Lin I-hsiung (林義雄), former chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and Control Yuan President Fredrick Chien (錢復) were the two public figures that people trust most to serve as the head of the special committee. Respectively, 15 percent of respondents supported Lin and Chien. Former Control Yuan president Chen Lu-an (陳履安) also had about 13 percent of the respondents' support.

After legislators passed the bills to halve the number of legislative seats and implement "a single-member district, two-vote electoral system" last week, 81.4 percent of respondents said that they think the DPP and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) would become the two major political parties af-ter the legislative changes take place. Only 6.2 percent of people agreed that the People First Party (PFP) will be one of the two major parties. This illustrates that the PFP's supporters are experiencing a confidence crisis regarding the party's future, Taipei Society chairman Hung Yu-hung (洪裕宏) said yesterday in a news conference.

Hung said, however, that small parties like the PFP and Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) would still have their own niches under such an electoral system as long as they focus on creating a conspicuous party image and cultivating belief in their causes among their supporters.

Meanwhile, about 65 percent of those polled think that any impeachment of the president should be decided by a people's referendum, not by the Council of Grand Justices, which was empowered to impeach the president in the amendments.

Kao Yung-cheng (高涌誠), head of the Judicial Reform Foundation, said that the survey showed that the unreasonable statutes have enraged the general public, who do not have much legal knowledge.

Kao said that he hoped this survey could draw the pan-blue camp's attention to its inept creations and also hoped the statute on the shooting matter would be vetoed by the Executive Yuan next week, as is widely expected in legal circles.

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