I think the next few months are going to fun as we watch the Blue media sort out how it is going to react to having a Blue legislature and a Blue Administration in power. For the last eight years the Blue media here have taken leave from ethics and restraint in unabashed bashing of the DPP. The tension in Blue newsrooms between servile kowtows to the political parties they serve, and their anti-government reflexes, must surely be a thing to behold.

In the meantime, the Net is abuzz with a remarkable TVBS poll, which ESWN was kind enough to put on his website. The numbers themselves are unremarkable…

Q3. If you can choose, would your prefer Taiwan to become an independent country, or unify with mainland China, or become a state in the United States of America?
58%: Independent country
17%: Unified with mainland China
8%: Become a state in the United States of Amreica
17%: No opinion

Q4. If you can choose, would you prefer Taiwan to become an independent country, or unify with mainland China?
65%: Independent country
19%: Unified with mainland China
16%: No opinion

Q5. In our society, some people think that they are Chinese while other people think that they are Taiwanese. Which do you think you are?
68%: Taiwanese
18%: Chinese
14%: Don’t know/refused

….reflecting numbers that we’ve seen in other polls. What’s remarkable about them is that they come from TVBS, which got in trouble a while back for being 100% Chinese-owned, and has supported the Blues unstintingly since Day 1. Also on tap at ESWN is a China Times poll — CT is a Blue-stalwart from way back — that says approval for Ma is falling while disapproval is rising. A DPP poll had found that a few days ago, and an Apple Daily poll found similar numbers. Taiwan News observed:

Moreover, the survey of 889 Taiwan adults carried out June 5 and June 6 found that satisfaction with the performance of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of the Kuomintang had slipped to 50.8 percent from 54.

DPP Public Survey Department Director and former Research, Development and Evaluation Commission deputy director-general Chen Chun-lin (陳俊麟) stated that “we rarely see a leader’s satisfaction ratings fall so fast and dissatisfaction rating rise so rapidly.”

The DPP pollster said the KMT president had originally aimed to use cross-strait liberalization and Chinese tourism to compensate for concern on the economy and oil prices, but noted that the poll showed that the poor handling of the oil price hikes and other issues by the KMT Cabinet of Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) had affected Ma’s ratings.

“These results should be a warning to the Ma government that most Taiwanese people are deeply concerned over its concessions on sovereignty and lack confidence in its competence on domestic policy,” Chen stated.

According to the DPP poll, 68.3 percent agreed that Taipei should “uphold dignity and not allow any concessions on Taiwan’s sovereignty” in the cross-strait negotiations between Taipei’s semi-official Strait Exchange Foundation and Beijing’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits.

Only 22.8 percent said that “for the sake of resuming talks, Taiwan can make some concessions on the sovereignty issue,” the DPP pollster related, while 8.9 percent had no opinion.

The Taiwan News piece did not mention, probably due to a lack of space, that 59% of adults felt that Taiwan’s security would not be significantly enhanced even if the PRC did make some reductions in the missiles pointed at the island. As many have noted, the real problem isn’t what weapons are pointed at us, but the intent to use weapons in the first place.

The public is deeply angry over the price increases, but I think politically the Ma government’s move was wise. Make them feel the pain early, get it over with, as the public has short memories. I’ve heard lots of complaints but I spend so much time in Deep Green Tainan that I can’t say how representative they are. I have also heard that some of the Blue media are withholding their polls from the public because they do not reflect favorably on Ma.

Old habits die hard.