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Most people in the Northeast back the February 2 election, poll finds

As many as 72 per cent of those surveyed in the Northeast have said they will vote on February 2, though 6.4 per cent said otherwise and 21.2 per cent said they were unsure.

The Esaan Centre for Business and Economic Research (ECBER) at Khon Kaen University yesterday said 50.5 per cent of the respondents had agreed that only half of elected politicians were quality people under the current legal structure.

Most of the respondents, 77.6 per cent, said they were against the "Bangkok shutdown", 11.6 per cent backed pre-election reform, while 10.8 per cent remained undecided.

Asked if they feared clashes on February 2, 25.6 per cent said they were very worried, 55.4 per cent were slightly worried, while 19 per cent did not worry at all.

Presented with four possible solutions, 50.7 per cent went for the first option of always holding elections, while 49.3 disagreed. For the second option of implementing reforms as proposed by People's Democratic Reform Committee secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban, 85.9 per cent said this would not resolve the problem, while 14.1 per cent said otherwise.

For the third option of postponing the February 2 election and getting a neutral party to help all sides reconcile, 62.3 per cent said that was the way to go, though 37.2 disagreed.

The fourth option of having a military coup was found acceptable by 25.3 per cent, while 74.7 per cent rejected it.

Most respondents also suggested that the rallies be called off, and that all sides start negotiating and host an election that is just and acceptable.

The poll was conducted from January 10-12 on 1,253 people in 20 provinces in the Northeast, including Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Kalasin, Ubon Ratchathani and Buri Ram.


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