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MAC says poll shows most people supported summit

By Chang Yun-ping  /  STAFF REPORTER

The government yesterday publicized the results of a poll on an economic summit that it said showed most people supported the government's move to hold the meeting.

The poll was conducted by the China Credit Information Service at the government's behest.

The results of the poll revealed that more than 60 percent of the public "supported" the government's having held the meeting, while more than 80 percent approved of the need to expedite the implementation of the consensuses reached at the summit.

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) released the survey results yesterday in a statement, saying the poll revealed high support for the government's policy of conducting the meeting to map out policy suggestions for the economy.

The MAC said the poll showed that 87.7 percent of the public supported the idea of having the Cabinet set up a cross-strait financial monitoring mechanism to ensure Taiwan's financial security. The poll also said that 79.9 percent of those surveyed agreed that the government should make a report assessing the influence of cross-strait trade and investment every year, in order to minimize the risks for Taiwan's economy because of commercial relations with China, the council said.

In addition, 82.2 percent of those interviewed said there was a need for the government to establish a platform providing information to solicit and help Taiwanese businesspeople in China return to Taiwan and invest domestically.

Meanwhile, respondents also agreed that Taiwan's overall economic interest should take precedence over that of any individual industry when the government considers large-scale investment projects in China, the MAC said.

Also, 80.5 percent of the public said the nation's sovereignty and security should be ensured before further liberalizing cross-strait direct ties, saying that bilateral negotiations must be on an equal footing, the statement said.

The MAC said the poll was carried out from Tuesday until yesterday, with a total of 1,069 respondents aged between 20 and 29. The poll had a margin of error of 3 percent.

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