Election candidates with a military background are the least desirable, the results of a public opinion survey showed on Sunday.
The largest number of respondents – 29.1 per cent – said they preferred civil servants as MP candidates, though some 7.5 per cent said they wanted more members of the armed forces running in the elections, a Suan Dusit poll shows.
Businesspeople came in second (25.4 per cent), followed by lawyers (22 per cent) and academics (16 per cent).
Suan Dusit University collected the opinions of 1,034 people across the country from last Wednesday until Saturday.
When asked which subject the election candidates should have majored in, 41.2 per cent of the respondents said Economics, followed by Political Science (22 per cent), Business Administration (14.7 per cent), Law (14.5 per cent) and Public Administration (7.5 per cent).
As for what characteristic was the most important factor for voting in their representative, 27.9 per cent said honesty.
Knowledge and capability came in second, with 25.2 per cent support, followed by personal history (16.2 per cent), educational background (15.9 per cent) and political experience (14.9 per cent).