September 23rd, 2007 15:18 EST
Poll shows Majority of Americans support Taiwan's U.N. bid
A majority of Americans believe that the United Nations should grant membership to Taiwan, according to the results of a recent opinion poll released Friday.
The telephone survey of 1,205 U.S. adults was conducted September 6-9 by Zogby International - a noted polling and market research company based in Utica, New York - at the request of Taiwan's Government Information Office. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
According to the poll results posted on Zogby's Web site, 55 percent of the respondents said the United Nations should welcome Taiwan into its fold, and 61 percent said the United States should throw its support behind Taiwan's U.N. bid just like it did recently for Kosova.
Among respondents who defined themselves as "very liberal," 77 percent said the United States should support Taiwan's U.N. membership bid, while only 52 percent of "very conservative" respondents said the United States should do so.
Asked whether the United States should oppose China's stance on Taiwan's membership in the world body and help Taiwan's bid, 52 percent of the respondents said it should, including 72 percent of "very conservative" respondents and 48 percent of "very liberal" respondents.
Meanwhile, 72 percent of those surveyed said all countries should be treated equally when it comes to applying for U.N. membership, while 81 percent said
The United States should respect every country's right to U.N. membership based on the principles of democracy and self-determination.
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