People's livelihoods seriously affected by Covid-19: Poll

People's livelihoods seriously affected by Covid-19: Poll

A man wearing a protective mask waits in a line for temperature screening before entering the Ratchada Railway Night Market on Friday. (Reuters photo)
A man wearing a protective mask waits in a line for temperature screening before entering the Ratchada Railway Night Market on Friday. (Reuters photo)

The spread of novel coronavirus has lowered the Thai people's incomes and savings while inflating their debts, according to a survey conducted by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was conducted online between May 12-15 on 1,125 people throughout the country.

Asked to choose between multiple choice answers, 25.16% of the respondents said the virus had cut down their regular income; 35.38% said it had reduced side income; 27.91% said it had lowered their savings; and 25.07% said it had caused them to become more indebted.

Asked what they had spent more on as a result of the Covid-19 spread, 68.53% cited water and power bills; 44.89% mobile phone and Internet bills; 40.27% food and drinks; 20.18% medicine, medical treatment and health care; and 14.22% donations and merit-making.

Asked what they had paid less for, 60.62% mentioned transportation and fuel costs; 42.31% clothing; 41.51% travel and leisure; 38.67% the lottery and sweepstakes; and 34.31% ornaments and perfume.



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