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Voter Cynicism, Perception of Media Negativism and Voting Behavior in Taiwan's 2001 Election
Unformatted Document Text:  15 Political efficacy was found as an important variable predicting Taiwanese voters’ voting behavior, coinciding with the findings of many studies of American as well as Taiwan politics. In Spiker and McKinney’s (1999) study, they found that the lack of personal political efficacy as one explanation for not voting. And a recent paper on comparative study of political efficacy in Taiwan and Western Democracies by Ho, Chen, Merino and Tan (2002) found Taiwan citizen were pragmatic. Their analysis of 2001 Taiwan election has found political efficacy an important indicator in studying Taiwanese political attitudes. The researchers stated, “While citizens in western developed democracies harbor low external, system-specific efficacy, those in the east celebrate the induction of civic rights and responsibilities. And the citizens in Taiwan enjoy – and believe – the influence they wield over the ballot box but remain skeptical on government and office-holders.” Shih (2002) had stated that Chinese people might be willing to sacrifice their private interests for the harmony of society. Voters in Taiwan might be cynical, but the data has demonstrated that they won’t be disappointed by the electoral process and shown quite satisfied with the outcome.

Authors: Peng, Wein (Bonnie).
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Political efficacy was
found as an important variable predicting Taiwanese voters’
voting behavior, coinciding with the findings of many studies of American as well as
Taiwan politics. In Spiker and McKinney’s (1999) study, they found that the lack of
personal political efficacy as one explanation for not voting. And a recent paper on
comparative study of political efficacy in Taiwan and Western Democracies by Ho,
Chen, Merino and Tan (2002) found Taiwan citizen were pragmatic. Their analysis of
2001 Taiwan election has found political efficacy an important indicator in studying
Taiwanese political attitudes. The researchers stated, “While citizens in western
developed democracies harbor low external, system-specific efficacy, those in the east
celebrate the induction of civic rights and responsibilities. And the citizens in
Taiwan enjoy – and believe – the influence they wield over the ballot box but remain
skeptical on government and office-holders.”
Shih (2002) had stated that Chinese people might be willing to sacrifice their private
interests for the harmony of society. Voters in Taiwan might be cynical, but the data
has demonstrated that they won’t be disappointed by the electoral process and shown
quite satisfied with the outcome.


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