Poll: Isan against white mask rallies
- Published: 26/06/2013 at 11:59 AM
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About two-thirds of people in the Northeast polled recently said the white-mask rallies against government are unacceptable, but even more disagreed with the red-shirts’ rallies against their rival protesters and the Democrats, according to E-Saan Poll.
The E-Saan Centre for Business and Economic Research at Khon Kaen University, or E-Saan Poll, said opinions were sought from 1,205 people in 20 provinces in the Northeast between June 21 and 23.
The provinces were Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Mahasarakham, Roi Et, Kalasin, Nong Khai, Chaiyaphum, Loei, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Bua Lamphu, Surin, Buri Ram, Si Sa Ket, Sakon Nakhon, Mukdahan, Yosothon, Amnatcharoen and Buengkhan.
E-Saan Poll reported that 56.3% of the respondents knew about the white-mask movement and their rallies against the government, while 43.7% had no idea.
Asked about the objectives of the white-mask movement, 88.8% of them said they rally against the government’s performance, 4.5% said to topple a dictatorial power and the remainder believed there were other reasons behind the protests.
Questioned on what they thought about the on-going anti-government rallies by the white masks, 67.3% of respondents said they were against the protests, because they could lead to unwanted political violence, but 32.7% disagreed, saying that people have the constitutional right of freedom of expression and that the government’s performance is not good enough.
Regarding the red-shirts’ plan to rally against the white-masks’ anti-government protests, 88.4% said they were opposed to the idea, because it could lead to a violent confrontation and unrest which would damage the country’s image. The remainder said they supported the red-shirts.
Asked whether the red-shirts should rally against the Democrat Party's “Chop the Truth” rallies to be held in the provinces, 86.1% said the red-shirts should stay clear, or risk sparking disorder.
However, 11.6% said the red-shirts were right in trying to uncover the truth.
Asked whether they believed the government will complete its four-year term, 79.1% said yes, 17.5% said it will last at least three years but not four, while 3.4% expected a dissolution of the House of Representatives and a snap election in six months.
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