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Transparency defends graft survey

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter

The survey on Taiwan was conducted by the Cass Research Centre, WIN/Gallup International Association’s China-based partner, using an online method, rather than Shanghai-based WisdomAsia undertaking the survey by telephone as stated in the GCB report, Heinrich confirmed in the e-mail reply.

Heinrich said that the mistake was “a result of miscommunication” between Transparency International Secretariat and WIN/Gallup International Association, which Transparency International works with on the global survey.

“We regret this error and will issue a correction in the online version of the Global Corruption Barometer report as soon as possible,” Heinrich said.

Asked why Transparency International did not have the survey on Taiwan implemented by a Taiwan-based polling company, Heinrich said WIN/Gallup International Association contracted its China-based partner CRC to carry out the survey because it does not have a local partner in Taiwan.

Particularly for online surveys, “this is common practice” and has been done by WIN/Gallup International Association for other surveys as well, including the Global Corruption Barometer 2010, Heinrich said.

The Global Corruption Barometer 2010 found that 7 percent of people in Taiwan who had used any of eight government services — police, judiciary, registry, land, medical, education, tax and utilities — over the past 12 months had paid a bribe.

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