Many think govt can't solve country's problems: poll

Many think govt can't solve country's problems: poll

Almost half of respondents to a Nida Poll think the government has been unable to solve the country's problems, while a much smaller number gave it a positive review. (Bangkok Post photo)
Almost half of respondents to a Nida Poll think the government has been unable to solve the country's problems, while a much smaller number gave it a positive review. (Bangkok Post photo)

An opinion survey carried out by the National Institute for Development Administration, or Nida Poll, reveals that almost half of the people polled think the government has not been able to work effectively to solve the country's problems. A much smaller number think otherwise.

The poll was conducted on Oct 9-11 on 1,256 people aged 18 and over of various levels of education and occupations throughout the country to gauge their opinons on how well the government and the opposition have performed their duties over the past three months.

Asked about the government, 46.82% thought it has not been able to effectively solve the country's problems; 28.18% said the government has tried its best; 23.41% said most of government MPs still stick to the old-style habit of blaming the other side while claiming support from the people; 9.32% said the government has frequently made mistakes; 8.52% said the government always uses state power to get its way over the opposition; 6.85% believed it has used state power for the good of the country and the people; 5.97% said most government MPs have been professional in their political roles; 4.78% thought the government is working diligently; 3.11% had no comment; and 0.16% said it is too soon to make an evaluation.

Asked about the opposition, 28.50% said most opposition MPs still stick to old-style politics; 23.73% said the opposition is performing its duties diligently to solve the country's problems; 20.46% said it is opposing the government on every issue without good reason; 15.68% thought it is carefully monitoring the government; 13.06% said the opposition's attention is more on amending the constitution than on people's problems; 10.35% said most opposition MPs are performing their duties professionally; 9.39% believed the opposition is paying attention to people's problems; 6.21% were uncertain or had no comment; 3.42% said the opposition has frequently made mistakes; and 0.48% said it is too soon to evaluate it.

Asked whether the government or the opposition is performing better, 29.38% said the opposition is doing better; 25.56% said both sides are performing their duties equally well; 25.08% said the two sides are equally poor in their performances; 17.83% said the government is doing better; and2.15% were uncertain or had no comment.


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