Political boredom setting in, poll finds
One-third of people support the idea of a royally appointed prime minister, Abac Poll said yesterday.
Some 73 per cent of 1,441 respondents surveyed in and around Bangkok on Sunday and Monday said they were bored with politics and 77 per cent said they wanted all parties to quit holding demonstrations, the poll said.
However, 21 per cent wanted people to demonstrate until one side wins.
About 37 per cent said they believed a royally appointed prime minister was a good solution to the political problem, the poll said. However, 26 per cent said they disagreed and 37 per cent gave no comment.
Just under 32 per cent said Thaksin Shinawatra should have resigned. But almost 46 per cent said he shouldn't have and 22 per cent gave no comment.
Some 60 per cent of respondents agreed that the sale of Shin Corp to Temasek Holdings should be examined by an independent committee, but 9.6 per cent disagreed because the Securities and Exchange Commission had examined the sale and believed it was lawful, the poll said. The rest (30 per cent) gave no comment.
About 45 per cent of respondents said the current political situation was a crisis, but almost 40 per cent said it wasn't, while about 16 per cent gave no comment, the poll said.
Poll director Noppadon Kannika said what was worrying was that more respondents said they wanted people to demonstrate until one side is victorious. The number increased from 8.4 per cent in a survey earlier this month to 20.7 per cent this time.
Only 11 per cent of respondents said they faced conflicts in the family - down from nearly 28 per cent in the previous survey on March 6, the poll said.
Noppadon said the respondents who said the prime minister should not resign had increased from 35.5 per cent last time. That might be the result of Thaksin's reaction to the protest and the strong attacks he has endured. However, peoples' opinions tended to swing according to the situation and news consumption. The poll chief said the survey also showed that political problems had an effect on people's spending plans, as they postponed or cancelled other plans.
More than 43 per cent of respondents said they had cancelled plans to buy new houses, while the same percentage said they had cancelled plans to buy new cars.
Almost 37 per cent said they had cancelled plans to buy electrical appliances, and 25 per cent said they had cancelled plans to travel, the poll said.