Poll: Protect country's 'dignity'
A majority of people want the government to work hard at protecting Thailand's dignity regarding the Thai-Cambodian dispute over Preah Vihear temple, according to Suan Dusit Poll.
- Published: 13/01/2013 at 11:35 AM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
The poll, carried out to gauge the people's overall feelings on the Preah Vihear dispute, was conducted between Jan 9-12 on 1,204 people throughout the country.
Of the respondents, 54.08% had fair knowledge about the dispute from the news media, 30.29% knew only a little about it while 9.13% paid no interest to it. Only 6.50% knew the dispute well.
Asked what the government should do, a majority, or 66.07%, wanted the government to do its best to protect the dignity and interests of the country, 20.27% said the government must keep them informed of all developments without hiding facts from the people, and 13.66% said the government should also take into consideration relations between the two countries and security of the people along the border.
A majority, or 58.41%, of the respondents said the opposition should cooperate with the government by giving it useful advice, 21.75% asked the opposition not to politicise the dispute or cause disturbance in the country, and 19.8% wanted the opposition to give the government some time to solve problems.
For the people, they should follow the news consciously without being misled by rumours or fabrication.
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