Under 20% see less political 'confusion' since election: Poll
published : 28 Apr 2019 at 13:17
writer: Online Reporters
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.