A majority of respondents in a survey on civic and national consciousness said that Taiwanese generally demonstrate a sense of identification with Taiwan, the Professor Huang Kun-huei Education Foundation said yesterday.
Asked about the issue of national consciousness, 91.7 percent of respondents said that it was important for Taiwanese to cultivate a sense of identification with the history and culture of Taiwan, and 74.5 percent said they felt that Taiwanese generally demonstrated this.
The survey found that 89.1 percent said it was important for citizens to “be proud of being Taiwanese,” and 74.4 percent felt Taiwanese generally showed such behavior.
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According to the poll, 94.5 percent of respondents felt it is important that Taiwanese “strive to fulfill their responsibilities as citizens, and to safeguard the safety and interests of the nation,” and 67.6 percent felt that Taiwanese generally met the expectation.
The survey found that 89.8 percent felt it is important for Taiwanese to see Taiwan as a sovereign nation and not part of another country, and 73.2 percent felt that Taiwanese generally demonstrated such an understanding.
“Since it began holding direct elections in 1996, Taiwan has been seen by the international community as a free, democratic nation. Taiwanese are proud of their democracy and free society,” foundation chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) said.
However, Taiwanese still generally lack a spirit and consciousness of democracy and the rule of law, he said, adding that the issue seemed to stem from a failure to cultivate a national consciousness throughout the period of democratic reforms.
For example, survey respondents said that it was important for citizens to show concern for social issues, to distinguish between real and fabricated news, and to avoid disseminating fabricated news and disinformation, he said.
However, respondents also said that Taiwanese tend to perform the worst on these issues, he said.
The online poll surveyed 4,000 people, of which 1,848 completed the survey, foundation poll committee convener Kuo Sheng-yu (郭生玉) said.
The poll was divided into categories on several topics, including concern for social issues, the implementation of democracy and the rule of law, national consciousness, concern for environmental issues and issues related to scientific progress, he said.
“While the respondents felt that Taiwanese largely identified with a national consciousness, they also felt that Taiwanese are not living up to their responsibilities as citizens. This is worth paying attention to,” he said.
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