wave4 Taiwan

Asian Barometer Survey Wave 4





Asian Barometer Survey, Center for East Asia Democratic Studies, National Taiwan University

  • Basic information

1.1 Location

The Asian Barometer Survey Wave IV covered the area of Taiwan , including six municipalities, 3 cities and 13 counties.

1.2 Population

The population of Taiwan in 2104 was 23,433,753. The capital city is Taipei City. Additionally, there are five major municipalities, namely New Taipei City, Kaoshiung City, Taichung City, Tainan City, and Taoyuan City.

1.3 Government

Taiwan is a republic with the president as the head of the state. The institutional arrangement is categorized as semi-presidential system since the premier (the head of the Executive Yuan) is in charge of the executive branch. The premier is not an elected official but appointed by the president and does not need the approval of the Legislative Yuan. Besides the major three branches of the government (the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial), two other branches were created under the Constitution, the Control Yuan and Examination Yuan. There are two major parties in Taiwan, the Nationalist Party (or Kuomintang, KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The KMT controlled both the presidency and the legislature in 2014. The next presidential and legislative elections are scheduled in January 2016. 

The president is elected through the first-past-the-post system by plurality rule. The mixed-member rule is applied to electing members in the legislature. Among the 113 seats, 73 seats come from single-member districts, 6 from aboriginal reserved seats, and 34 seats elected under proportional party list with 5% threshold. The KMT held 64 seats while the DPP had 40 seats. The rest were shared by other small parties. 

  • Timetable






Institutional Review Boards


Finalizing the Questionnaire


Training for Supervisor and Interviewers



Survey in progress






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