Poll: Thais excited by Obama’s visit
Many people feel honoured and proud that US President Barack Obama will make his first visit to Thailand this weekend,according to Suan Dusit Poll.
- Published: 16/11/2012 at 01:42 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
The pollster surveyed 1,274 people nationwide for their views from Nov 12-16 and released the result on Friday.
Suan Dusit reported 45.20% were excited and honoured by the US President’s visit scheduled for Nov 18-19, while 26.55% said the visit would further strengthen the ties between Thailand and the US and 14.69% of the respondents believed the visit will help boost the economy.
The pollster said 8.47% of the respondents believed the visit to be a good opportunity for the Thai and US governments to discuss and exchange ideas and 5.09% believed that the visit marks the importance of Asean’s role in the world economy.
The report said 48.11% of the respondents also believed that President Obama’s visit would help boost foreign direct investment and tourism in Thailand, when asked by the pollster about the benefits to Thailand.
Some 23.78%, meanwhile, believed it would help to maintain diplomatic relations between the two countries, 16.76% said his visit would help foreigners learn more about Thailand and Thai culture, 7.03% believed that the visit will also help investors and tourists regain confidence in Thailand after the political turmoil and the flooding, and 4.32% said the president’s visit and his insights would help Thailand grow better.
When asked what message they would like to give to the US president, 33.07% of the respondents urged him to be a good world leader and give importance to every country, especially developing countries, 25.20% wanted him to place more importance on the Southeast Asia region, 22.04% hoped the president values the US relationship with Thailand and hoped he would come back for another visit soon.
The pollster said 13.39% of the respondents hoped the US will not interfere with local politics and national stability, while 6.30% want the president to introduce policies that would help stabilise the global economy.
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