Tofucastle left this in a comment on an old post where no one will see it. I moved it here to give it more prominence.

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I’m a grad student studying Taiwan Studies at National Chengchi University, in Taipei. I’m writing a thesis entitled “The Political Inclinations of Foreigners in Taiwan”. If you’re currently living there, and you are of foreign nationality, I’d really appreciate your participate. If you’re interested, please e-mail me at tofucastle@hotmail.com

So far, I’ve surveyed 101 foreigners in Taiwan (mostly students and teachers so far), and have found that:

A) 2.1% support immediate unification
B) 14.9% support immediate independence
C) 24.5% support maintaining the status quo move toward unification in the future
D) 30.1% support maintaining the status quo, move towards independence in the future
E) 22.3% support maintaining the status quo, decide either unification or independence in the future
F) 5.3% support maintain the status quo forever.

Taken together, this means that 26.6% of those surveyed support unification now or later and 45% support independence now or in the future and 28.4% support status quo forever or to decide either unification or independence in the future. I understand that one’s outlook on the cross-Strait relationship may depend on the conditions attached to the sovereignty issues as well as other pervading geopolitical circumstances, but my study is less focused on independence/unification issue itself. Rather, I’m trying to assess what intrinsic and extrinsic factors affect foreigner’s outlook on the situation.

Two of the most curious traits about those I’ve found survey reveal that the longer foreigners have lived here, the more pro-independence they tend to be. Namely, 63% of those living here for 2 years or more favor independence now or in the future. Whereas it’s 44% for those who have lived here between 1 or 2 years and 25% for those who have lived here one year or less.

Moreover, people from “developed countries”, as defined by the IMF, tend to be more pro-independence than those from “developing countries”. (48% pro-independence and 32% respectively)

But anyways, if you’re interested in participating in the survey, I’d greatly appreciate it. Below, you can find the survey that i’ve already begun distributing. I’m also trying to get it translated into Thai and Indonesian … and hopefully Vietnamese; my goal is to get 250 surveys collected eventually. PLEASE e-mail me your contact so I can send you the survey.

Please review it below:

Hello! The responses obtained from this survey are intended for research purposes only and will be used in a masters thesis entitled “The Political Inclination of Foreigners in Taiwan Regarding the Cross-Strait Situation.” It is authored by
Lee Liu, a graduate student at National Chengchi University, in Taipei. Since all answers will be coded anonymously, please make sure to complete all questions and to be as frank as possible in your responses. The questionnaire should only take a few minutes to complete, so relax! Lee salutes you for your interest in participating in this study.

Questionnaire

1. Where are you from? ______________________

2. What is your age? _______

3. What is your gender?
1. Male
2. Female

4. What is your highest level of education?
1. Middle school or lower
2. High school
3. Undergraduate degree
4. Master degree or higher

5. How long have you lived in Taiwan? _______

6A. Are you married?
1. No
2. Yes

6b. What is his/her nationality? _______

7. What is your current occupation in Taiwan? (please be as specific as possible)
_____________________________

8. What is your income? _______________ per month

9. From whom do you receive financial support (please mark all that apply)?
1. From employers of the private sector
2. From friends or family members
3. From the Taiwanese government
4. From the government of your homeland
5. Other ____________
6. No financial support received

10. How many countries have you traveled? ______

11. How many countries have you stayed in for one month or more? ______

12. How many times have you visited mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macao)? ______

13. Of all the times you’ve visited mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macao), what is the total time you’ve stayed there?
________ months

14. Do you have business or family connections in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macao)?
1. No family connections and no business connections
2. Some family connections but no business connections
3. Some family connections and some business connections
4. No family connections but some business connections

15. How much longer do you plan to stay in Taiwan? ______ months

16. What country do you want to move next? ________________

17. What languages do you speak?
1) __________ (Best)
2) __________ (Second Best)
3) __________ (Third Best)
4) __________ (Fourth Best)

18. My good friends in Taiwan are
1. almost all Taiwanese
2. mostly Taiwanese
3. almost balanced number of Taiwanese and foreigners
4. mostly foreigners
5. almost all foreigners

19. In Taiwan, of my good friends who are foreigners,
1. most are from my homeland
2. some are from my homeland
3. few are from my homeland
4. most are not from my homeland

20. How good is your Chinese?
20.1 Reading 20.2 Speaking 20.3 Writing
1. None 1. None 1. None
2. Poor 2. Poor 2. Poor
3. Fair 3. Fair 3. Fair
4. Good 4. Good 4. Good
5. Excellent 5. Excellent 5. Excellent

21. How many hours a week do you receive instruction for Chinese? ________

22. How many times per week do you keep in contact with friends or family members who aren’t in Taiwan?
1. By regular mail ______ times per week
2. By phone ______ times per week
3. By Internet ______ times per week

23. How often do you get your news from the following media?
The China Post ______ times per month
The Taipei Times _______ times per month
The Taiwan News _______ times per month
A news website from where I’m from ______ times per month
A news website from somewhere else other than from where I’m from ______ times per month.
Another source _______________________ times per month. What source? ________________________

24. What religion do you consider yourself? _________________________

25. Considering the relationship between Taiwan and mainland China, which of the following six positions do you agree with 1) immediate unification, 2) immediate independence, 3) maintain the status quo, move toward unification in the future, 4) maintain the status quo, move toward independence in the future, 5) maintain the status quo, decide either unification or independence in the future, 6) maintain the status quo forever?
1. immediate unification
2. immediate independence
3. maintain the status quo, move toward unification in the future,
4. maintain the status quo, move toward independence in the future,
5. maintain the status quo, decide either unification or independence in the future,
6. maintain the status quo forever.

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Tofucastle writes:

Two of the most curious traits about those I’ve found survey reveal that the longer foreigners have lived here, the more pro-independence they tend to be. Namely, 63% of those living here for 2 years or more favor independence now or in the future. Whereas it’s 44% for those who have lived here between 1 or 2 years and 25% for those who have lived here one year or less.

Interesting assessment. Needs a statistical analysis, though.