public opinion

Hesitating between Private Interests and Collective Interests: An Analysis of the Public’s Dilemma on Cross-Strait Economic Exchanges

Collective interests and private interests are often at odds in political life.  If faced with such a dilemma, what stance would Taiwanese take?  By starting from the problem, we employ cross-Strait exchanges as the case, and examine the choices of the Taiwanese people.  We conduct three cross-sectional surveys to observe the dynamics of their choices both with and without dilemmas.  Our research findings suggest that these people care about both collective and private interests.  If the two are directly at odds with each other, these people will, however, normally be caught in between and

Measuring Public Opinion toward Social Welfare in Taiwan

Policy representation has been one of the foremost topics in political
science. The pre-condition is the stability of policy preferences. While
individual opinions may be influenced by many sources, scholars have
found the macro level of opinion to be stable. The disaggregation of
survey data may lead to the problem of a large standard deviation being
encountered due to the small number of observations in some counties.
Therefore, multilevel regression with post-stratification (MRP) is used to

Evaluating the Responsiveness of Local Governments in Taiwan: A Case Study of Policies and Public Opinion between 2006 and 2007

Responsiveness is one of the ideal propositions of democracy. Regarding Taiwan’s political studies, scholars have long concentrated on democratization, the unification-independence issue, national identity, and cross-Strait relations. Only a few have paid attention to the relationship between public opinion and policy output. This article evaluates the responsiveness of Taiwan’s local governments by examining the relationship between public opinion and policy output across three policy domains between 2006 and 2007.

Between Principle and Pragmatism:The Unification-Independence Choice of the Taiwanese People

The position of the Taiwanese people over unification-independence
issue assumes enormous practical importance and at the same time attracts
numerous scholarly debates. The primary concern of these debates is
how to clarify the issue entangled with “principles” and “pragmatism”
and then uncover the genuine preferences of the Taiwanese people. For
the purpose, lots of measurements have been developed and evaluated.
The focus of the paper is those who prefer “status-quo” in the traditional

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