Poll: Time for censure debate
- Published: 3/11/2012 at 03:03 PM
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Now is a good time for the opposition to grill the government in a censure debate, according to just over half of the respondents in a Suan Dusit Poll released on Saturday.
The pollsters from Suan Dusit Rajabhat University interviewed 1,242 people from Oct 29 to Nov 2 for their views on the opposition Democrat Party's plans for the debate.
Asked whether the timing for the debate was right, 50.20% agreed, saying the government had been in office for more than a year and some problems had arisen, particularly alleged corruption in various projects.
Government and opposition whips have agreed for the debate to be held on Nov 25 and 26 with a vote on Nov 27. If the debate lasts longer than expected, as they usually do, the vote could be held on Nov 28.
The survey respondents thought the debate would allow the opposition to raise questions and for the government to clarify its actions so that people would have a clearer understanding, the pollsters reported.
However, 25.31% of respondents disagreed with the timing of the debate, saying it could lead to more political conflicts and social divisions and that the Democrats should wait for a while.
A total of 24.49% were not sure because the cabinet had just recently been reshuffled. They believe moves to grill the government are a political game to discredit the government.
Asked what issues they wanted the opposition to raise in the debate the most, 39.17% said corruption in government programmes, especially rice pledging and flood control.
The high cost of living took second place, mentioned by 25.21% of the respondents, followed by the government's performance on economic development (20.14%), and monitoring the work and behaviour of politicians (15.48%).
Asked which ministers should be the targets of the opposition, 66.36% of those surveyed said both the prime minister and ministers directly overseeing areas where problems have been alleged should be called to account. This group of people wanted the prime minister to answer questions herself.
Meanwhile, 22.74% said only ministers in charge of suspect ministries should be questioned, and 10.90 said only the prime minister should be grilled as she takes ultimate responsibility for the government. This group of people also wanted the premier to personally clarify allegations against her government.
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