Majority support extra referendum question: Poll

Majority support extra referendum question: Poll

Photo by Thiti Wannamontha
Photo by Thiti Wannamontha

A majority of people agree to having an extra question in the constitution referendum provided that it is not too complicated, according to the result of an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was conducted on April 4-9 on 1,265 people throughout the country to compile their opinions after the National Legislative Assembly's vote to add a question to the referendum on whether to allow an appointed Senate to join the House of Representatives in selecting the prime minister.

Asked whether they agreed to having the additional referendum question, 61.35% or a majority of the respondents agreed, saying they saw no problems as long as the question is important and beneficial to the country and is not too complicated to understand; 25.53% said they were indifferent because they did not know the details; and 13.12% disagreed, saying it could confuse the people, leading to a wrong decision.

To the question of how many voting ballots should be used in an election of members of the House of Representatives, a majority of 62.14% said they preferred one ballot, reasoning that it would make voting and vote counting easier; 22.21% said they preferred two ballots to prevent confusion; and 15.65% said either one or two was acceptable.

Asked whether they think the appointed senators should be allowed to join the vote to elect the prime minister, a slight majority or 52.02% said "yes" and 47.98% said "no."

Asked whether there should be a National Reconcilliation Committee, 62.45% said "yes", hoping that it would help push for concrete reconcilliation; 19.05% said they were undecided; and 18.50% said "no", saying it would be a waste of money and was unlikely to do any good.

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