Poll: People back use of ISA

More than 60% of people polled support the government’s decision to invoke the Internal Security Act (ISA) in three districts of Bangkok, according to Suan Dusit Poll.

The cabinet on Thursday invoked the ISA in Phra Nakhon, Pomprap Sattruphai and Dusit districts of Bangkok, effective from yesterday until Nov 30.

Pollsters from Suan Dusit Rajabhat University surveyed 1,017 people in Bangkok on Friday and Saturday, seeking their opinions on the use of the ISA to maintain order during the Pitak Siam anti-government rally that began saturday morning.

The survey showed 62.38% of respondents said they agreed with the decision because the law would allow police to effectively control the situation. They also felt more comfortable as the law helps create confidence in their safety.

However, 25.12% disagreed, given that the special law was a sign the government knew the situation was not good, harming the country’s image. Another 12.5% said they had no worries because they were confident that police were capable of keeping the situation under control.

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