Facebook poll: 85% to vote 'no'

Facebook poll: 85% to vote 'no'

A Facebook poll has found 85% of the respondents will not accept the draft charter and 93% will reject the additional question at the Aug 7 referendum.

Prachamati.org asked Facebook users to vote on two questions between Tuesday and Friday by clicking on the emoticon "Love" if they meant "Yes", "Angry" if they meant "No" and "Haha" if they were undecided.

On the question whether they would endorse the draft charter on Aug 7, 1,813 users voted. Of the total, 5% (99) approved it while 85% (1,538) rejected it, 6% (117) were undecided and 3% (59) chose other emoticons, the equivalent of invalid ballots.

On the addition question whether they would allow junta-appointed senators to join MPs in choosing the prime minister in the first five years, 1,623 people voted. Of the total, 3% (44) said yes, 93% (1,518) said no, 4% (61) were undecided and 4% (64) chose others.

Prachamati.org, a network of alternative news outlets and academics, was set up after the 2014 coup as a choice for people to express their opinions online on the draft charter and the referendum.

Some of the respondents of this poll were those who already followed the network's Facebook but most were the online public.

It uses the sponsor feature of Facebook to access the general public living in Thailand aged between 18-65 without limits on their interests.

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