What will entice the Taiwanese to make more babies?

What will entice the Taiwanese to make more babies?

A Yahoo Taiwan survey of 10,300 responses conducted on July 11-17, 2017, asked:

Do you think the Taiwanese government’s policy of setting up a large number of public infant care service centers and childcare service centers, improve the general environment friendly to raising young children will help increase Taiwan’s birthrate?  8.7% say “it will help very much”, 18.9% say “it will help somewhat”, 30.9% say “it will not help too much”, 40.3% say “it will absolutely not help”, and 1.2% say “do not know”; 1.3% are “very satisfied” with Taiwan’s current policy to encourage childbirth, 4.9% are “somewhat satisfied”, 30.3% are “not too satisfied”, 60.3% are “very dissatisfied”, and 3.2% “do not know”.

The reasons for Taiwan’s low birthrate are due to (up to three choices):  85.4% say “low wages that make it difficult to afford to raise children”, 42.8% say “it is difficult to handle both work and taking care of family”, 22.9% say “late marriage”, 9.1% say “changes in living and social environment”, 13.4% say “more people do not want to get married”, 39.7% say “Taiwan’s environment for raising children is not good”, 41.1% say “government policy is lacking in many respects”, 14.4% say “the work environment is not friendly to raising children”, 3.1% say “other” and 0.3% “do not know”.

When asked: What do you think the government should do to encourage childbirth (up to three choices)?  56.3% say “increase subsidies for childbirth and education”, 6.3% say “increase subsidies for artificial insemination and test tube babies”, 28.7% say “tax exemption for families with multiple children”, 13.5% say “extend childbirth leaves and nursing leaves”, 47.8% say “increase public nurseries for infant care”, 69.0% say “improve labor policies to solve the low wage problem”, 20.7% say “create a friendly environment for childcare at the work place”, 17.2% say “provide paid leave for family childcare”, 5.9% say “other” and 1.2% “do not know”.

The survey shows that 22.7% have one child, 34.8% have two children, 9.3% have three or more children, 14.0% say they “do not have any children but plan to”, 19.2% say they “do not have children and do not plan to have children”.  The responses consisted of 61.4% men and 38.6% women, 17.7% of them are 31-35 years old, 22.0% are 36-40 years old, 17.0% are 41-45 years old, and 11.4% are 46-50 years old.




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