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Many fear trouble will escalate today, Suan Dusit poll finds

MOST PEOPLE are concerned about the "make or break" rally led by People's Democratic Reform Committee secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban today, according to an opinion survey.

The survey by Suan Dusit Pollster found that 36.46 per cent of respondents said they were worried that the protest would escalate out of control and they did not want to see more violence.

Suan Dusit surveyed 1,588 people |from around the country on Friday and Saturday.

The survey found that 30.39 per cent of the respondents did not want to see Thais fighting or hurting one another; while 19.34 per cent said they would closely monitor how the political incidents would unfold today; and 13.81 per cent said they hoped to see constructive political moves during the day.

Asked what they thought the government should do today, 34.52 per cent said it should do nothing and should not respond or provoke violence, while 27.92 per cent said the government should not use violence against protesters.

And 24.87 per cent said the government should monitor the situation closely |while 12.69 per cent said the government should instruct police to carry out their duty strictly.

Asked how they thought the Thai political situation would develop after the protest today, 42.42 per cent said nothing would change, while 29.82 per cent expected the situation would improve, and 27.76 per cent expected it to worsen.

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