Poll: Politicians cause social conflict
- Published: 23/03/2013 at 02:23 PM
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Politicians are the root cause of Thailand's persistent social divisions, according to more than 80% of the respondents to a new Abac Poll.
However, only 3.2% of those surveyed believe passing an amnesty law would be the best way to resolve conflicts.
The pollsters from Assumption University based the conclusion on interviews conducted with 2,159 people in 17 provinces between March 10 and 22.
The provinces are Bangkok, Phetchaburi, Saraburi, Nakhon Pathom, Chon Buri, Kamphaeng Phet, Phetchabun, Chiang Mai, Maha Sarakham, Roi-Et, Nakhon Ratchasima, Loei, Khon Kaen, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla and Narathiwat.
Asked about the root cause of the current conflicts in the country, 83.2% of the respondents pointed to politicians. The lingering fallout from the 2006 military coup was identified by 41.3% of respondents. Other causes were the people themselves (36.4%), the media (35.3%), and state officials (34.1%).
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was named by 31.8% as responsible for conflicts, followed by police (30.3%), independent organisations (30.1%), the 2007 constitution (29.8%), academics (27.2%) and soldiers (24.0%).
Abac Poll said the results showed that people thought politicians had failed to perform as their representatives under the democratic system to minimise social conflict.
Asked for suggestions about the best way to resolve conflicts, 42.3% of the respondents said the justice system under the current constitution should be allowed to take its course, and 29.6% said they wanted the current government to be allowed to continue its work.
Another 12.9% said the House of Representatives should be dissolved to make way for a new election, 7.6% said the 2007 constitution should be amended, 4.4% said a vote to elect a new prime minister should be held without holding a new general election. Only 3.2% said an amnesty law should be passed.
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