Political rivals urged to 'cool it'

national April 28, 2014 00:00


A DUSIT POLL survey released yesterday found most people wanted rival political camps to take one step back to end the political deadlock, fearing it could spiral into civil strife.

Asked what they believed politicians should do to end the crisis, of 1,372 people (44 per cent) wanted rival camps to forgive and do away with an obstinate attitude. 
Asked what they believed was the reason the political crisis has been prolonged, 39 per cent said rival political camps were not sincere in solving problems but were playing games, 25 per cent said so much was at stake people could not let go, 20 per cent said the political divide had occurred for too long and was too deep, 7 per cent cited law loopholes, lax enforcement and double standards and another 7 per cent pointed to a lack of politicians with the right attitude. 
As for their number-one plea to those concerned, 43 per cent want all sides to have a sense of unity and compassion for each other so peace returns to Thailand, 25 per cent want any actions that create negative consequences to be stopped, 11 per cent want politicians to stop quarrelling, 10 per cent want the majority voice to be respected, and 9 per cent want no violence as a solution.
The poll was conducted from April 23-26 on people across the country. 
Asked what their main concern was, 37 per cent said deep political divisions and corruption, 35 per cent said an economic meltdown and high living costs, 14 per cent said social problems such as the spread of illegal drugs and the rise of crime, 7 per |cent said the low quality education, and 5 per cent said environmental problems.

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