When the first survey about Taiwanese national identity was released by the MAC in 1992, 46.4 percent of respondents identified themselves as both Taiwanese and Chinese, 25.2 percent as Chinese and 17.6 percent as Taiwanese.
The latest MAC survey released in December showed that the percentage of respondents who said they are both Taiwanese and Chinese decreased to 38.5 percent, while those who said they are Taiwanese rose to 54.3 percent. Only 3.65 percent said they are Chinese.
More than 20 years of democratic development has made most people identify with Taiwan, said Thomas Peng (彭錦鵬), a National Taiwan University political scientist.
“There’s no point in asking a person if he or she is a Taiwanese or suspecting one’s loyalty to Taiwan. On the contrary, media should place more emphasis on Chinese identity, the ROC and Zhonghua minzu because the survey has found that the belief that culture and kinship ties play an undeniable role in cross-strait relations is ingrained in society,” Peng said.