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East Asia Barometer


The East Asia Barometer Network

Stated Purpose: 

The project is designed to present a systematic comparative survey of attitudes towards political values, democracy, and governance around the East Asia region. As a result, the project also aims to boost capacity for democracy studies, and to foster a network of this kind in the region.

Area of Governance: 
Funding Source: 

Coordination, data archiving and collaborative aspects are funded through research grants by the government agency of Taiwan. Each participating country team is responsible for the partial or full cost of the data collection activities.

Current usage: 

Assess levels of popular support for democratic form of government and belief in its legitimacy across the region. Assess the process through which citizens acquire and internalize democratic values and orientation. Engage the Asian Values’ debate within and beyond the region.

Type of data used: 

Opinions and attitudes of individual respondents.


The barometer covers 18 countries/ territories in total, but only four have participated in all of the rounds:

Three rounds of survey completed: Taiwan, The Philippines, Thailand and Mongolia      
Two rounds of survey completed: South Korea, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore      
One survey completed: Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal

Contact details: 

Project Manager Associate Professor
Yu-tzung Chang  

Assistant Manager
Ms. Wei-Chi Chen  

Asian Barometer Survey Department of Political Science
National Taiwan University 21 Hsu-Chow Road., Taipei, Taiwan 100
Tel : 886 2 2357 0427
Fax: 886 2 2357 0420


Data is gathered through face to face interviews. Note that barometer surveys exist in many regions. This one is tailored to the East Asian situation. This means that some questions which appear elsewhere are not included. For example, ‘Trust in Churches’ is not covered in Asia or Africa.

A model Asian Barometer Survey has a sample size of 1200 respondents, which allows a minimum confidence interval of plus or minus 3 percent at 95 percent probability.

Format of results: 

Results are presented as %, always positive (i.e. % approving of, trusting in, participating in, etc.)

Valid Use: 

The surveys provide a wide ranging snapshot of opinions across the participating countries and topics. Within the questionnaire there are some questions which cover direct experiences, however the results for these are not easily obtainable at present. The questions on political participation are deeper than comparable surveys and provide a broader range of results concerning democratic behaviours.

Invalid Use: 

Note carefully the precise question which you are using the data for. For example there are two distinct questions concerning corruption. The first asks an opinion concerning how widespread the respondent thinks corruption is, the second asks whether the respondent has ever witnessed any corrupt act.


Some of the questions include ‘false’ choices. For example, ‘which is more important, democracy or economic development?’ Such a choice could be seen to assume that one is possible without the other.

Example results: