Poll respondents say junta has failed to heal political division

politics July 15, 2017 15:39

By The Nation

After three years of reform and attempts to bring about national reconciliation by the military-installed regime, more than 70 per cent of people remain concerned about long-standing political division and believe that the junta has failed to achieve this primary goal, a poll has found.

Disharmony in politics (70.5 per cent) was top among the five concerns 1,278 people expressed in a survey conducted by Suan Dusit Poll during the past week and released on Saturday.

Coming second and third on the list were the behaviour of politicians and their comments on current politics. More than two-thirds, or 68.7 per cent, of the poll respondents said that politicians were inclined to abuse their power for their own ends, and that they often set a bad example due to their verbal abuse. Some 66.98 per cent of the people surveyed believed that politicians’ comments were not constructive and provoked further political conflict.

The second last and last of the five concerns related to the election road map and the legislation of organic laws. 

Some 57.76 per cent of respondents were afraid that the election would be postponed as the process was still being forged and politicians were still debating the new voting system.

More than half of the people, or 53.68 per cent, said that they had no knowledge about the organic laws because there were so many pieces of legislation, and they were concerned that the laws would not be completed in time for the election. The respondents were also uncertain of the transparency in the legislation.

The poll also asked what people wanted to see in Thai politics today, and the first of the top five responses was harmony, with 84.66 per cent.

Progress and a healthy economy came second, or 71.63 per cent, while clean and corruption-free politics was third with 69.25 percent.

The fourth thing people wanted to see in politics was democracy and inclusive participation (64.87 per cent). Finally, people wanted to see new blood in politics and politicians who would be more constructive (63.07 per cent).