Interesting idea, zeugmite!
However, right, left and apolitical aren’t really exhaustive. One can be politically interested, motivated and involved, and yet be a centrist or moderate (as opposed to being apolitical & uninterested). I’m vehemently anti-Ashcroft, anti-neocon, but not particularly pro-Kerry. But that doesn’t make me apolitical. So you might want to either refine the poll or take this into account (that your “apolitical” may be collecting political moderates too), when interpreting your results.
I will add a comment on what I think makes expats go ‘green’. I once heard someone try to equate ‘green’ with ‘left’ in the US, and ‘blue’ with ‘right’, but I don’t think it’s a valid parallel. Remember that just like Democrats, most Republicans in America (for example) are fiercely protective of democracy, free speech and self-determination. Perhaps folks from other countries can add their own homeland parallels to flesh this out.
zeugmite: “But how do you figure which are the “most democratic” parties in Taiwan?”
Democracy, free speech and self-determination are things which the DPP has traditionally fought to establish in Taiwan, in contrast to the old, oppressive KMT autocracy. Some of the expats I know (both right and left) still judge the two parties based strongly from this historical standpoint, rather than on current squabbles, scandals, and performance levels. As far as I’m concerned, the KMT has not yet reformed itself enough or behaved well enough recently to earn forgiveness of its “legacy”.
Like David said, “simple connection of KMT = bad guys, DPP = good guys. (E.g. who did you support in the last presidential election? The guys who were put in prison for advocating democracy, or the guys who put them in prison)”
I was editing an academic paper (draft, not yet citable) the other day which was analyzing poll results by Taiwan’s National Science Council and NTU, which showed that correlation for “feel democracy is suitable for Taiwan” was -.675 for Blue (statistically significant at p<0.01), which means that non blues believe MUCH more strongly in democracy than blues do. For those who don’t know stats, this is a strong correlation. I’ll ask the author if I can cite him or a separate publication of this data foryou if you’d like. I think this speaks volumes about which party is more democratic.
And I agree that the post-shooting behavior of the pan blue was outrageous, childish, and simply inexcusable. I too am more anti-blue and anti-commiebandit than pro-green. But I have friends of both colors here, and respect their opinions and political choices.