Most people like govt's tax reduction to help people buy first car but some see problems: traffic jams, lost govt revenue, people deeper in debt.
Poll: People like first car scheme
Seven out of every 10 people support the government’s first time car-buyers programme, Nida Poll of the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida) reported on Wednesday.
The pollsters surveyed 1,248 people of all educational levels and occupations nationwide, seeking their opinions on the first car scheme...
The Nida Poll said 71% of respondents said they liked the scheme because first time car-buyers receive a tax deduction to can buy a car at a lower price, and the program encouraged people to buy cars.
However, 24% of the respondents disagreed, saying that it would worsen the traffic congestion and put people further in debt, and the government would have to make up for the lost excise tax some other way.
Questioned about the advantages and disadvantages to the country of the programme, the respondents were evenly split, with 50.80% of the respondents saying it would cause damage, and 49% disagreeing, according to the pollster.
Of the total negative views, 73.50% said it would create more traffic congestion, 42.50% said there would be more air pollution and 33.20% were concerned about people getting into even more into debt.
Of the positive opinions, 78.50% of the respondents said it would provide a chance for people to own a first car, 20.20% said the program would boost the automobile industry and 15.40% said yhe program would create more jobs.
Asked about ways to settle traffic congestion problem, 62.30% said reduce fares of public buses or offer free rides, 53.60% pointed to the development of rail systems, including electric trains, and 12.90% said put on hold the first time car-buyers scheme.
(Source: Bangkok Post, Breakingnews, Poll: People like first car scheme, 21/11/2012, Online Reporters, link)
Public Opinion Poll Vocabulary
public opinion - all the opinions and beliefs of the many different people in a society on an issue (the adult population), the sum of all their views, "since the 1950s, television has been the main medium for molding public opinion" (See Wikipedia)
public opinion poll - when a selection of people (sample of the population) are asked questions about certain issues, their answers are then used to determine what public opinion is, what people generally believe (See Wikipedia)
poll - Same as "public opinion poll"
pollster - a person or organisation that prepares and carries out a poll
survey (noun) - same as "public opinion poll"
the pollsters surveyed 1,248 people
respondents - the people who answer questions in a "poll" or "survey"
71% of respondents said they liked the scheme
50.80% of the respondents saying it would cause damage
Nida Poll - the name of an organization that does public opinion polls in Thailand
Nida Poll of the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida)
scheme - a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people แผนการ โครงการ
first car scheme
Poll: People like first car scheme
support - help or believe that something is good สนับสนุน
Seven out of every 10 people support the government’s first time car-buyers programme
occupation - a job that someone does
nationwide - throughout a whole country ทั่วทั้งประเทศ ทั่วประเทศ
the pollsters surveyed 1,248 people of all education levels and occupations nationwide
tax deduction - when the govt allows people to pay less income tax if they do something (that they want them to do)
the first time car-buyers receive a tax deduction
encouraged - having more confidence or hope about something มีกำลังใจ
it encouraged people to buy cars.
traffic - the number traveling to a place during a period of time (people, aircraft, ships, trains, cars, trucks, etc.) ความหนาแน่นของจำนวนคน หรือยานพาหนะในช่วงเวลาใดช่วงเวลาหนึ่ง
traffic jam - การจราจรติดขัด
congestion - a situation in which a place is crowded with people or vehicles แน่นขนัดไปด้วยรถหรือคน
traffic congestion - Same as "traffic jam"
worsen the traffic congestion
it would worsen the traffic congestion
73.50% said it would create more traffic congestion
debt - an amount of money that you owe หนี้
put in debt
put further in debt
put people further in debt
make up for - to replace and get some money again (after you have to use it or lose it)
excise - dealing with taxes made by a government on some types of goods produced and used within their own country ภาษีสำหรับสินค้าในประเทศ
the government would to make up for the lost excise some other way.
advantages - good things about something
disadvantages - bad things about something
the advantages and disadvantages to the country of the programme
split - to divide ทำให้แตกแยก
evenly split - the group was divided into two groups of 50% each
they were evenly split ... (in the opinion they had)
negative - bad ที่เป็นด้านลบ
positive - good ที่ดี ในแง่ดี hopeful and confident, or giving cause for hope and confidence ซึ่งมองในแง่ดี
42.50% said there would be more air pollution
concerned - worried about something มีความกังวล
getting into even more debt
33.20% were concerned about people getting into even more debt.
the program would provide a chance for people to own a first car
boost - to increase; to strengthen เพิ่ม; ทำให้มีกำลังมากขึ้น
the program would boost the automobile industry
the program would create more jobs
settle - to reach a decision or an agreement about something, or to end a disagreement แก้ปัญหา
development - the gradual growth and formation of something
settle problem - solve problem
settle traffic congestion problem
respondents were asked about ways to settle traffic congestion problem
fare - the money paid to ride on the bus ค่าโดยสาร
public bus - รถบัส, รถโดยสารประจำทาง
fares of public buses
reduce fares of public buses
62.30% said reduce fares of public buses or offer free rides,
53.60% pointed to the development of rail systems, including electric trains
put on hold - stop plans to do something for a time (will wait until later)
put on hold the first time car-buyers scheme.
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