Politics, corruption are biggest problems: Poll

Politics, corruption are biggest problems: Poll

(Graphic from Suan Dusit Poll)
(Graphic from Suan Dusit Poll)

Thai people believe politics and corruption are the most severe problems facing the country, followed by the lack of democracy and a weak economy, according to the result of an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was conducted on April 16-20 on 2,054 people throughout the country to compile their views on what's good, bad and most loved about Thailand.

Asked what they love and cherish most about the country, 43.07% of the respondents cited the nation, religion and monarchy; 33.68% Thai culture, tradition and identity; 27.88% the family institution; 21.86% the country's natural resources and environment; and 17.06% national treasures such as historical sites and palaces.

Asked to identify the best things about Thailand, 37.47% chose Thai culture and traditions; 32.48% the country's tourist spots; 29.35% the Thai smile and hospitality; 23.80% the richness of natural resources; and 20.57% Thai food.

Asked what is worst about Thailand, 52.22% cited politics, the behaviour of politicians and corruption; 25.80% the lack of democracy and freedom; 19.82% the poor economy; 19.18% the lack of unity; and 15.34% air pollution, garbage and traffic conditions.

Inequality of wealth did not appear to have been offered as a possible answer choice in the poll.

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