Most people think the amnesty bill is intended to absolve former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra of wrongdoing, not to bring about reconciliation, according to the result of an Abac poll revealed on Sunday.
This opinion was held by 87.2 per cent of the people who were asked to comment on the amnesty bill, which has been passed by the House of Representatives. Only 12.8% believed it was for reconciliation.
The poll was conducted on 1,198 people aged 18 and up in Bangkok and other major cities between Oct 29 and Nov 2.
On the state of democracy under the government led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, 67.6% said there was none or only a little, 14.1% thought it was high to very high, and 18.3% said it was moderate.
A high majority of the respondents, 80.3%, said they were disappointed with the government under Ms Yingluck while 19.7% said they were not interested.
Also a majority, 79.9%, thought the government itself was creating conflicts in the country while 20.1% believed it was trying to create reconciliation.
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