Poll: Rising cost of living biggest worry
- Published: 5/09/2013 at 12:06 PM
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About three-quarters of the people surveyed agreed they were most concerned that living costs would rise after the increase in Bangkok expressway tolls and electricity and cooking gas prices throughout the country, Bangkok Poll said on Thursday.
The pollster at Bangkok University said opinions were based on interviews with 1,188 people, aged 18 and over in Bangkok.
Bangkok Poll reported that 73.5% of the respondents were worried that the cost of living would increase as a consequence. Only 26.5% expressed little concern.
A total of 75.8% of respondents believed the increased charges would certainly affect their living costs, while the rest disagreed.
As many as 87.2% of them said higher living costs would affect their daily lives, according to the pollster, the remainder had no comment.
Questioned about their savings, 40% of the polled people said they would have less savings, 29.2% said theywould be left with nothing to save at all 18% said their debts would increase, but 12.08% said the increases would not bother at all.
A bit over half of the respondents, 54%, thought the government had failed to deal with the problem of the high cost living, while 35% were unsure and the rest had no idea.
Asked what the problems they most wanted the government to settle, 80.1% said the high cost of living, 46.9% pointed to the problem of traffic congestion, 44.9% said people’s safety, 27.4% said reform politics and resolve political conflicts, 25.5% said settle the problem of low prices of agricultural products and 7.2% said change the constitution.
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