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Few Thai children want to become politicians

Most children in Thailand do not want to become politicians when they grow up because they say it is too much hard work and that politicians have the loathsome habit of quarrelling with one another, a Suan Dusit opinion poll showed yesterday. It was released to mark Children's Day tomorrow.

Of the 1,337 children surveyed from January 6-8, only 10.99 per cent said they wanted to become politicians so they can serve the country and make it prosperous, while 89.01 per cent thought otherwise.

When asked how they perceived politicians, 61 per cent said they were sick of them quarrelling with one another, 19 per cent said they were dragging down the country and making people unhappy, while 15 per cent said they were corrupt, were lazy and did not set a good example. Another 4 per cent said these quarrelling politicians were forcing them to miss school.

When asked what they expected from politicians, 35 per cent said they wanted them to set a good example, 25 per cent wanted them to be better educated, 21 per cent wanted them to maintain peace and 17 per cent wanted them to be hard-working, honest and unified.

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