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Voter Cynicism, Perception of Media Negativism and Voting Behavior in Taiwan's 2001 Election
Unformatted Document Text:  10 Hierarchical least-squares regression was the primary method of analysis in this study. One set of hierarchical regression equation was created where the dependent variable was cynicism. Three additional sets of equations were created where the dependent variables were actual voting, and satisfaction toward electoral process and electoral outcome. Research Findings Seven hundred and one respondents answered the telephone interview (see Table 1 for demographics). Three hundred and thirty seven (48.4%) were male while three hundred and sixty (51.6%) were female. More than half (55.6%) of the respondents were under forty years old. Forty-seven (6.9%) were over sixty years old. Seventy-six (11.1%) of the respondents received education at the elementary school level or below while one hundred and fifty five (22.5%) had a degree from universities of graduate schools. One hundred and seven (15.5%) graduated from college. Seventy-four (11.3%) of the respondents said that they are pro-KMT (the former ruling party) while one hundred and sixty-seven (25.6%) of the respondents were DPP supporters. Ninety-six (14.7%) respondents supported the People First Party. However, two hundred and sixty-two (40.1%) respondents characterized themselves as independents. As for ethnic identity, one third of the respondents (32.6%) identified themselves as Taiwanese while about ten percent of the respondents (10.4%) said that they are Chinese. The remainder (55.4%) stated that they are Chinese as well as Taiwanese. Sixty-six (10.3%) of the respondents said that their income was under NT$20,000 a month, and one forth earned between NT$20,000-40,000 a month. Eighty-six (13.4%) earned more than NT$60,000 a month while more than one fifth (22.9%) said they had no income. Political Orientation More than eighty percent (81.1%) of the respondents voted on Election Day. About ninety percent (88%) of the respondents voted in the 2000 Presidential Election.

Authors: Peng, Wein (Bonnie).
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Hierarchical least-squares regression was the primary method of analysis in this study.
One set of hierarchical regression equation was created where the dependent variable
was cynicism. Three additional sets of equations were created where the dependent
variables were actual voting, and satisfaction toward electoral process and electoral
outcome.
Research Findings
Seven hundred and one respondents answered the telephone interview (see Table 1 for
demographics). Three hundred and thirty seven (48.4%) were male while three
hundred and sixty (51.6%) were female. More than half (55.6%) of the respondents
were under forty years old. Forty-seven (6.9%) were over sixty years old.
Seventy-six (11.1%) of the respondents received education at the elementary school
level or below while one hundred and fifty five (22.5%) had a degree from
universities of graduate schools. One hundred and seven (15.5%) graduated from
college.
Seventy-four (11.3%) of the respondents said that they are pro-KMT (the former
ruling party) while one hundred and sixty-seven (25.6%) of the respondents were DPP
supporters. Ninety-six (14.7%) respondents supported the People First Party. However,
two hundred and sixty-two (40.1%) respondents characterized themselves as
independents.
As for ethnic identity, one third of the respondents (32.6%) identified themselves as
Taiwanese while about ten percent of the respondents (10.4%) said that they are
Chinese. The remainder (55.4%) stated that they are Chinese as well as Taiwanese.
Sixty-six (10.3%) of the respondents said that their income was under NT$20,000 a
month, and one forth earned between NT$20,000-40,000 a month. Eighty-six (13.4%)
earned more than NT$60,000 a month while more than one fifth (22.9%) said they
had no income.
Political Orientation
More than eighty percent (81.1%) of the respondents voted on Election Day. About
ninety percent (88%) of the respondents voted in the 2000 Presidential Election.


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