The Henry L. Stimson Center cordially invites you to a roundtable discussion:
Public Opinion Polls as a Political Institution in Taiwan
and the Upcoming Presidential Election
Dr. Ho Szu-yin
Professor, National Chengchi University (NCCU) and Fulbright Scholar at Harvard
Anyone who follows the political scene in Taiwan is inevitably drawn to public opinion polls to try to gauge the trends. But the disparity among the polls-even between polls from the same organization-makes it extremely difficult to know what to make of the results and how much to rely on them. This is further complicated by the fact that polls are used by the different camps for partisan political purposes-or at least are considered to be so used, and hence are often the subject of competing interpretations. Professor Ho will address the role public opinion polls play in Taiwan politics and their relevance to the on-going presidential campaign.
Dr. Ho Szu-yin received his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A past president of the Chinese Association of Political Science (Taipei), past director of the Institute of International Relations at NCCU, and recipient of several awards for teaching and research, he has been widely published in Chinese and English on subjects ranging from identity politics in Taiwan to methodology in Chinese studies. He served as Deputy Secretary-General of the National Security Council in Taipei from 2008-2010. Of particular relevance to his topic on October 14, Dr. Ho has long been a recognized expert in polling methods and has been an advisor to the Election Study Center at NCCU for the past 16 years.
Please RSVP to Dona Chen via e-mail (preferred) at [email protected] or
phone (202) 223-5956 ext. 3441.