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Political risks for Yingluck govt on rise, survey finds

Factors that could be seen as posing political risk for the Yingluck Shinawatra government are rising, an opinion survey has found.

The Abac Poll of Assumption University revealed that the conflict between the government and independent organisations had a risk index of 6.51 out of 10, and was the highest risk index facing the government.

Noppadol Kannikarn, director of the Abac Poll, said 43.8 per cent of respondents said they saw political risks for the government were rising, while 39.4 said the risk level remained unchanged, and 16.8 per cent said the risks appeared to be receding.

The Political Risk index survey was carried out among 2,168 respondents from provinces including Bangkok, Sukhothai, Chiang Mia, Khon Kaen, Surin, Phuket and Supan Buri from May 10 to 25.

The respondents were at least 18 years old.

The second most serious risk factor for the government was conflict between its supporters with the masses from the opposite side, with an index value of 5.84 out of 10, Noppadol said.

The alleged interference in and domination of government policies by elite people in and outside the country came third as the most serious risk factor at 5.72.

The respondents rated rumours of a likely coup at 5.35 points, making it the fourth highest risk factor for the government.

Alleged corruption and nepotism became the fifth highest risk

factor at 5.35. Alleged unfair treatment and political discrimination came sixth with the index at 5.24.

Noppadol said 54.7 per cent of respondents believed the government's policies were being implemented to benefit the elite class more than the grassroots, but 45.3 per cent saw the reverse.

Nevertheless, 52.8 per cent of the respondents said they still supported Yingluck as prime minister while 20.4 said they did not support her and the rest had no comment.


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