Majority foresee no change in Thai politics after censure debate: Suan Dusit Poll
A majority of people say the Thai politics would remain unchanged after the censure debate but the people’s confidence in the government would be affected, according to an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
The poll was conducted online on 1,712 people throughout the country from Feb 17-20.
The no-confidence debate against ten cabinet members including Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was held on Feb 16-19. All of them survived the no-confidence vote which took place on Saturday.
Asked how they followed the debate, 43.81% said they did so from the social media; 29.20% from the live broadcast from parliament; and, 26.99% from reports on television, radio and newspapers.
The respondents were asked about the “strong points” and “weak points” of the censure debate, with each of them being allowed to give more than one answers.
On the “strong points”, 52.64% gave credit to the overall performance of the opposition; 51.50% cited information made known to the public in the debate; 41.30% cited preparedness on the part of MPs from both sides; 38.60% said the two sides were given even time to raise their points; and, 33.19% praised the performances of the House speaker and his deputies.
On the “weak points”, 71.26% pointed to protests made by MPs of both camps; 51.20% cited unclear answers made by some of the ministers being grilled; 50.62% said some debaters raised irrelevant matters and made unnecessary references to other persons; 46.98% said some MPs went emotional and used impolite words; and, 42.40% cited exchange of verbal abuse between MPs in the chamber.
Asked what they thought Thai politics would be like after the debate, 55.40% said it would be the same; 30.28% thought it would be worse; and, 14.32% said it would be better.
Asked about the people’s confidence in the government after the censure debate, 43.25% said the people would have no confidence in the government; 23.28% said the people’s confidence in the government would decline; 20.57% said the people’s confidence in the government would be the same; and 12.90% believed the confidence in the government would increase.
On the overall performance of both sides in the censure debate, the respondents scored 6.90 out of 10 for the opposition and 5.01 for the government.