Democrats downplay Nida poll findings
The Democrat Party has downplayed the findings of a latest survey carried out by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll, which focused on the party's poor performance in the elections and its role in the changing political landscape.
In the poll -- which involved 1,261 participants above the age of 18 from various socioeconomic backgrounds on May 30-31 -- respondents were asked to say what they believe caused the Democrats' abysmal performance in the March 24 poll, and comment on the party's political moves.
The Democrats only won 53 House seats out of the 500 that were up for grabs, and failed to retain a seat in Bangkok. Furthermore, the party has yet to decide whether it will join the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP)-led coalition.
The poll found that 32.8% of respondents believe that the Democrat's poor political strategy ultimately led to its demise in the polls.
The poll also found that most respondents see Democrat politicians as "unable to walk the talk", which caused many of its supporters to jump ship to support the PPRP instead.
Meanwhile, on the party's current role, respondents were split into two camps -- with one camp saying the Democrats were "too divided" and as such, were unable to make quick decisions, while the other saying that the party was simply "playing a political game" to bargain for cabinet posts.
Democrat spokesman, Rames Ratanachaweng, said on Sunday that while the party accepted the findings, the poll only took into account the responses from a very limited sample, which means that it does not necessarily reflect public sentiments.
Referring to those who said the party's political strategy was to blame for its loss, Mr Rames said other parties also ran with similar campaign messages -- such as sustainable development -- before adding that the party's policies in the past have benefited everyone, not just its supporters.
Mr Rames also said that having members that do not see eye-to-eye on political issues does not necessarily mean that the party is divided, and that spirited debates are part of the party's democratic culture.
"Also, we won't rush to decide on a coalition partner," he said
"Nida Poll should focus on people's opinions of self-absorbed political parties which only think about their own interests and undermine the judicial system," he said.