The recent Taiwanese elections (where broadly pro-independence parties did well versus the ruling party) were mid-term non-presidential election, so should have all the usual caveats about kicking the incumbents when it doesn’t matter so much.

The part I found interesting was the list of issues that the voters cared about: China doesn’t rank high on the list. And wow, don’t they sound familiar to Hong Kong?

Although Western media often emphasize the ‘China factor’ when covering Taiwan’s local elections, these races focused primarily on domestic issues. The Taiwan public is concerned with skyrocketing property prices, falling incomes, a growing gap between rich and poor, and food safety. Many young people are worried about job prospects.

via An Analysis of Taiwan’s Nine-in-One Local Elections | Center for Strategic and International Studies.