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Suan Dusit poll shows people worried elections may not even be held

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Poll shows people worried elections may not even be held

By The Nation

 

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Since relevant agencies have failed to publish the electoral Royal Decree to announce a date for the national elections, uncertainty over whether the vote will even be held has become a top concern, a Suan Dusit poll learned recently. 

 

Conducted on 1,071 respondents from January 15 to 19, the survey found that 48.46 per cent ranked election uncertainty as their top worry, saying they were afraid it might not happen at all. 

 

The government said last month that the Royal Decree will be published on January 2, but recently said the election will be postponed by a whole month to March 24, as it may clash with the coronation ceremony in May. 

 

The election was initially scheduled for February 24. 

 

This move has provoked pro-election groups to take to the streets and demand clarity. They are also asking for an election to be organised quickly. 

 

Coming in at No 2 on the list of top 10 political concerns right now is conflict and turmoil. Some 40.9 per cent of the respondents said they were worried that division and disagreements would lead to unrest. 

 

More than a third, or 36.69 per cent, said they were worried about recession and a drop in investor confidence. 

 

Corruption, including poll fraud, and government instability came in fourth and fifth with 30.63 and 24.18 per cent respectively. 

 

The five other concerns were hunger for power, Thailand’s reputation, the impact politics is having on people’s quality of life, deprivation of rights and pseudo democracy, as well as fake news. 

 

Meanwhile, a survey conducted by NIDA on 2,500 people between January 2 and 15 found that junta leader General Prayut Chan-o-cha was preferred as the next premier (26.2 per cent). 

 

Coming in second was Pheu Thai’s Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan with 22.40 votes, while former PM and Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva came in third with 11.56 per cent. The new, young pro-democracy politician, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, who is leader of the Future Forward Party, came in fourth with 9.60 per cent.

 

Other politicians ranking from fifth to the 10th place were Seree Ruam Thai Party leader Pol General Sereepisut Temeeyaves, Pheu Thai’s Chatchart Sittiphan, Democrat’s former leader and ex-PM Chuan Leekpai, Pheu Thai leader Viroj Pao-in, Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul and incumbent Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30362588

 

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47 minutes ago, webfact said:

the survey found that 48.46 per cent ranked election uncertainty as their top worry, saying they were afraid it might not happen at all. 

 

WOW! if nearly 50% in a poll are unsure the election will not happen, the real numbers must be scary.

 

49 minutes ago, webfact said:

Coming in at No 2 on the list of top 10 political concerns right now is conflict and turmoil. Some 40.9 per cent of the respondents said they were worried that division and disagreements would lead to unrest. 

This will play into the current regime's narrative. Watch this space.

 

It is interesting these numbers are being published at all, there must be a strong groundswell for chamge.

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59 minutes ago, webfact said:

Meanwhile, a survey conducted by NIDA on 2,500 people between January 2 and 15 found that junta leader General Prayut Chan-o-cha was preferred as the next premier (26.2 per cent). 

2nd  favourite was a "M. Mouse"

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Corruption comes in 4th so no need for an election anytime soon.

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5 minutes ago, Aussie999 said:

"The government said last month that the Royal Decree will be published on January 2, but recently said the election will be postponed by a whole month to March 24, as it may clash with the coronation ceremony in May," last time I checked, March was before May, that would mean it was closer, therefore more likely to clash, with the coronation, than if elections were held in February....... am I missing something, has someone changed the calendar, is March now after May, or has May been moved before March... so confusing.

 

Their excuse for the delay, is that the results were due to be announced 60 days after the election. It is this announcement that would have clashed with the coronation ceremonies, not the election itself.

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Why do they even care? It is all irrelevant which will have no special outcome after votes are delivered 150 days after votes are cast. Nothing you can do against an army. 

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A fair and democratic, untainted election?!

 

It is not rocket science. 

 

Past events in history have clearly demonstrated how past dictators have acted with their twisted mentality plus mind set in order to hold onto power, and the way in which they implement brutality by unjust

methods in order to cling onto greed, a demented dream, a position. 

 

Thankfully nothing or no one lasts forever. We all have our day...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It's a great pity that Thailand is edging closer to the point where for all intents and purposes, it is flushing itself down it's own toilet. Histpry will probably not remember Prayuth, Prawit and Prem kindly.

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, neeray said:

They are living for today, no thought for tomorrow. All thoughts are concentrated on election "fixing".

You may well be right. Sometimes I fear for the Thai people, other times I have no such concern - if they don't, why should I? Since I can do little about it anyway, perhaps I should take the view that if they wish to flush themselves down their own toilet, then they probably know best when and how to do it. Their own incompetence will guide them unerringly to the right decision.

 

 

 

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12 minutes ago, YetAnother said:

could view the whole thing as general thai incompetence Or could view it as a brilliantly orchestrated charade spreading blame/responsibility wide and thin

Indeed, and it's sometimes difficult to tell whether genius or stupidity is at work. Past history would suggest the latter. Sometimes one has to conclude that the real accomplishment of Thais and Thailand is to uniformly bugger up everything.

 

Consistency of a type I suppose.

 

 

 

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