Under 20% see less political 'confusion' since election: Poll

Under 20% see less political 'confusion' since election: Poll

Only 18.69% of the Thai public think the level of political confusion has decreased since the election on March 24, according to Suan Dusit Poll. (Bangkok Post photo)
Only 18.69% of the Thai public think the level of political confusion has decreased since the election on March 24, according to Suan Dusit Poll. (Bangkok Post photo)

One month after the March 24 election, people are looking forward to seeing a new government, but only 18.69% think the poliltical situation is clearer than before the poll, according to an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University.

The Suan Dusit Poll was conducted between April 24-27 on 1,107 people throughout the country..

Asked what they are most looking forward to after the election, 40.71% of the respondents said they want to see a new government with a new prime minister in place; 32.03% a solution for the country's economic problems and an improvement in quality of life; 25.96% the official announcement of election results; 17.18% a transition toward democracy; and 16.62% an administration that carries out the policies outlined during the election campaigns.

Asked what "good things" have happened since the election, 38.44% said people have had the chance to exercise their right to vote; 24.73% a new government and prime minister are on the way; 19.35% the younger generation has shown higher political awareness; 11.29% new politicians have been elected; and 7.80% the country is peaceful and orderly.

Asked what "bad things" have happened since the election, 36.47% of respondents said the results have yet to be finalised; 24.27% economic problems have continued; 21.37% political attacks and conflicts among politicians have continued unabated; 14.40% the issues of corruption and lack of transparency have been left unsolved; and 12.54% political instability and lack of direction.

Asked about the degree of "political confusion" before and after the election, 47.33% of the respondents said the level of confusion has remained the same, largely due to an unclear interpretation of the constitution and fake news; 33.98% said the political situation has become more confusing since the election because the formation of a new government is still unclear, the Election Commission is being flooded with petitions and no settlement has been reached over the method for the calculation of party-list MPs; and 18.69% said the political situation was more confusing before the election because of all the postponements of the election date, problems with ballot papers, the dissolution of a political party (Thai Raksa Chart), and candidates switching parties.


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