Data Archive

  • Taiwan National Security Studies Surveys (2002-2020)

Taiwan is a democracy which faces a profound security threat from a rising China, but simultaneously enjoys considerable  benefits from its economic ties with the Mainland. Ideally, Taiwanese would like to have both security and wealth, but, unfortunately, these two values prove difficult to reconcile. Consequently, the most salient issue defining Taiwanese politics is people’s attitude toward what would the acceptable trade-off between security and wealth, which in turn is influenced by the public’s perceptions of the China threat and the United States’ security commitment to Taiwan. It is, therefore, imperative that we systematically and regularly conduct surveys to measure and track shifts in Taiwanese public opinion on these security related issues. To address this critical need, in November 2002, Professor Emerson Niou organized a workshop at Duke University with the express purpose of designing a questionnaire for the Taiwan national security survey. Participants of the workshop included Emerson Niou (Duke), Tun-jen Cheng (College of William and Mary), John Hsieh (University of South Carolina), Tse-min Lin (University of Texas at Austin), Teh-yu Wang (Illinois State University), and Vincent Wei-cheng Wang (University of Richmond).

The first Taiwan National Security Studies Surveys was conducted in December 2002 by the Election Study Center of the National Chengchi University under the auspices of the Program in Asian Security Studies at Duke University. This effort was followed with twelve more surveys conducted in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020.  The data from the surveys has been made publicly available for use by the academic community.


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