Youths have negative views on politics

Most young people have negative perception of Thai politics, according to a survey conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida).

The pollsters surveyed 1,248 people between 15 and 25 years old for their views on politics. The study was conducted throughout the country on Nov 26 and 27, 2012.

80.53% of the respondents said politics is closely tied with their lives. 9.13% said the topic is irrelevant to them and they want to concentrate on their studies or work.  

53.77% saw Thai politics as disorderly and boring, 10.90% believed it to be conflict-ridden and 4.57% viewed it as undemocratic and ochlocracy.

When asked about their definition of "democracy", 32.45% said democracy is rule by the majority. 31.8% said the term is to know and respect people's rights. 14.66% said it is the rule of law.

Rival supporters of the the red shirts and the yellow shirts are involved in violent clashes on Tuesday outside the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) offices on Phahon Yothin Road on Sept 25, 2012. (Photo by Surapol Promsaka na Sakolnakorn)

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