Constructive criticism needed from politicians: poll
While politicians should criticise the junta-backed government for some of its undemocratic practices, they should do more by also proposing logical and practical suggestions for the most creative outcomes, according to Suan Dusit Poll results released on Saturday.
The poll, entitled “Criticisms by politicians in the eyes of public”, was conducted upon 1,152 people nationwide from May 29 to June 2, when politicians paraded to lash out Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for posing questions to the public they saw as “degrading” election and politicians.
Asked whether they thought criticism was an important part of democratic practice, more than 82 per cent agreed, reasoning that it was based on the idea of freedom of expression. More than 17 per cent, however, disagreed, reasoning that criticisms tended to be partisan and heated up political conflicts.
Asked what people thought of politicians’ criticisms of the Prayut government, almost 76 per cent said they should be perceived discreetly, more than 67 per cent thought that they were acceptable to express political opinion and almost 62 per cent said the criticism could widen public perception of politics.
Asked what form creative criticisms should take, 78 per cent said that they should be reasonable and practical, more than 74 per cent said criticisms should be in public interest and almost 63 per cent said they should be made politely and in a bipartisan way.
Asked what kinds of criticisms are unacceptable, 83 per cent said that they disapproved of criticisms that bred conflict, 71 per cent pointed to delusional comments and more than 65 per cent disliked rude criticisms.