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Poll shows only weak support for opening links soon

CNA WITH STAFF WRITER , TAIPEI

A magazine poll released yesterday showed that only 22.8 percent of respondents agreed that direct transport links between Taiwan and China should be opened immediately.

The monthly magazine CommonWealth yesterday released the results of its latest "Facing China" survey.

Meanwhile, a significant percentage of the respondents in a recent poll said that the government should reduce political infighting as a "life-saving" measure in the face of China's rise.

In the survey, 35 percent of the respondents said the government should strive to mitigate bitter political disputes in Taiwan.

Another 26.5 percent of the respondents said the government should move quickly to boost its efficiency, while 22.5 percent said that the independence versus unification issue should be shelved temporarily, according to a spokesman for the magazine.

The monthly conducted the survey by telephone between May 5 and May 11, obtaining 1,007 valid replies from randomly selected adults nationwide.

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, the spokesman said.

In the face of China's economic rise, 38.3 percent of the respondents said the nation should devote itself to nurturing high-caliber manpower and strengthening its research and development capabilities.

Some 26 percent of the respondents said that the administration should sort out Taiwan's industrial advantages and map out clear industrial development policies.

Meanwhile, 54.3 percent of the respondents admitted that they don't know much about China, compared with 41.4 percent who said they know quite a lot about the country.

The poll also found that most of the Taiwanese people believe that China is hostile only to the government in Taiwan, and not to the people.

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