A new generation of Taiwanese at the ballot box: Young voters and the presidential election of January 2012

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Abstract

The re-election of Ma Ying-jeou on 14 January 2012 was not as close as had been anticipated. This was in particular because he managed to win the support of some young voters, who at the beginning of the campaign were massively in favour of Tsai Ing-wen. In order to highlight the reasons why Taiwanese in the 20-to-29 age bracket changed their minds, this article analyses their perception of the two candidates, their main preoccupations, and their position in relation to the main themes of the campaign: the economic and social situation, identification with Taiwan, the island's international status, and relations with China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-79
Number of pages9
JournalChina Perspectives
Volume2012
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2012

Keywords

  • China
  • Elections
  • Generation
  • Ma Ying-Jeou
  • Taiwan
  • Tsai Ing-wen
  • Youth

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