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67.9% think economic problem solving is proper role for Thaksin (such as inviting foreign investors to country), only 32.1% say political problem solving to reduce conflict is proper role. 

Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra greeted by well-wishers at his birthday party in Hong Kong on July 26, 2012 (AFP photo: Philippe Lopez).

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Thaksin should take 'economic role'

13 Jan 2013

A majority of people think former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's role in Thai society should be on solving economic problems rather than on resolving political conflict, according to the results of an Abac poll revealed on Sunday.

The poll was conducted between Jan 7-12 on 2,071 people in Bangkok, Phetchaburi, Saraburi, Nakhon Pathom, Chon Buri, Kamphaeng Phet, Phetchabun, Chiang Mai, Maha Sarakham, Roi-et, Nakhon Ratchasima, Loei, Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani, Narathiwat, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songkhla.

Asked whether conflict in society would end if Thaksin was excluded from being involved in solving problems, 52.7% said "no" and 47.3% said "yes".

Asked what role Thaksin should take in Thai society, 67.9% said he should be solving economic problems by such things as inviting foreign investors to the country - 32.1% said he should help solve political problems to reduce conflict.

Asked which group was bigger, those exploiting Thaksin for power and prosperity or those loyal to him, 56.1% said the former and 43.9% said the latter.

Most, or 82.6%, of the respondents believed conflict in society could be solved through democratic means.

On the Preah Vehear dispute between Thailand and Cambodia, 70.1% said it should be decided through the justice system while 29.9% thought the people should have a bigger say on the issue.

A majority or 66.8% said the two countries in dispute should set up a committee to study ways of using the temple for joint development.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Thaksin should take 'economic role', 13 Jan 2013, link

 
Public Opinion Poll Vocabulary

public opinion -  all the attitudes and opinions of people in society added together, important in democracy for winning elections (See Wikipedia)

opinion poll -
to find out what public opinion is on certain issues a small representative sample of people in society are asked a set of questions  (See Wikipedia)

A majority of people think former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's role in Thai society should be on solving economic problems than on resolving political conflict, according to the results of an Abac poll revealed on Sunday.

majority - most of the people in a group; more than half of the people in a group ส่วนมาก คนส่วนใหญ่

a majority of people think...
majority said ...


role - function, what a person typically does in an situation, activity, organisation, society or relationship บทบาท

Thaksin Shinawatra's role in Thai society
what role Thaksin should take in Thai society
take an economic role in Thai society


conflict
- an angry disagreement between people or groups ความขัดแย้ง ความไม่ลงรอยกัน

political conflict


resolving -
solving and ending a problem

resolving conflict - solving and ending a conflict


results
- what is produced in the end by an activity or task

poll results


poll
- an occasion when a lot of people are asked about what they feel about something

conduct poll - do a poll, carry out a poll


revealed
- made known or showed something that was surprising or that was previously secret เปิดเผย

a poll revealed ...


excluded - not included 
involved - เกี่ยวข้องกับ, พัวพัน, พัวพันกับ

if Thaksin was excluded from being involved in solving problems


exploiting - using someone to achieve your own goals (making money, gaining power)
power - อำนาจ, อานุภาพ, อิทธิพล
prosperity - when people are making money, doing well financially and life is good ความเจริญรุ่งเรือง ความมั่งคั่ง

those exploiting Thaksin for power and prosperity


loyal - firm and not changing in your friendship with or support for a person or an organization, or in your belief in your principles ซื่อสัตย์

those loyal to Thaksin


respondents - people who answer the questions on a poll or survey (providing their opinions and beliefs)

most of the respondents
most of the respondents believed conflict in society could be solved through democratic means.


means - methods; ways วิธี, วิธีการ

democratic means - using democracy as a way to achieve some other goals or solve a problem
solved through democratic means
believed conflict in society could be solved through democratic means


On the Preah Vehear dispute between Thailand and Cambodia, 70.1% said it should be decided through the justice system while 29.9% thought the people should have a bigger say on the issue.

dispute - a serious disagreement; a conflict; fight, argument การโต้เถียง, ความขัดแย้ง ข้อพิพาท
the Preah Vehear dispute

justice - when people are treated fairly and equally (See Wikipedia) ความยุติธรรม
justice system - the system of criminal laws (criminal law) as well as law enforcement (police) and the system of resolving disputes between people (civil law)
 
have a bigger say - be included in decision-making process (have their opinion about what should be done be more important in solving the problem and dealing with the issue)

issue - a subject that people discuss or argue about ประเด็น

the people should have a bigger say on the issue.


joint - done together; belonging to or shared between two or more people ความร่วมมือกัน
development - building something

joint development - building something together
a committee to study ways of using the temple for joint development

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