Bangkok poll: Most people happy with the junta

Bangkok poll: Most people happy with the junta
Thailand's army chief and head of the National Council for Peace and Order, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, reads statements to members of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) at Parliament in Bangkok on Aug 18, 2014.

THAILAND - A new poll has suggested a large majority of people are satisfied with the performance of the National Council for Peace and Order during its four months in power.

The nationwide survey of 1,626 people was conducted by Dusit Poll about public opinion towards the coup-makers after they took over power on May 22. The survey was conducted over the five days until Friday.

The poll surveyed people's satisfaction and found that 53.6 per cent were "quite satisfied" with the junta's performance while 39 per cent said they are "very satisfied" - this added up to 91.6 per cent who are at least "satisfied" with the performance over the past four months.

Some 6 per cent said they were not satisfied because many social problems were still not solved, while 2 per cent were unsatisfied because too much power has been concentrated with the central government and this could lead to problems because certain decisions and rules cannot apply to all social groups.

There were several topics that participants were asked about.

'Creating stability, discipline'

On general opinions about the NCPO's administration, close to 80 per cent said it did well to supervise and create stability and discipline in society, while 76 per cent said there were many problems that needed to be solved and the administration was under heavy public scrutiny. Nearly 70 per cent said they could see its determination to perform.

The NCPO's main strength was its decisiveness and effectiveness to solve problems, according to 49 per cent of respondents, while close to 30 per cent said its ability to solve longstanding problems such as the handing of beach affairs and forest trespassers, and 21 per cent said they were impressed with the NCPO's adaptability to work as its got more experience.

Regarding the obstacles and challenges the government faces, 45 per cent said decentralisation of administrative power was anti-democratic, 33 per cent said progress had been hindered by the economic downturn, while 22 per cent said that in order to succeed, the NCPO needs cooperation from many sectors, which may delay progress.

In messages to the NCPO, 61 per cent said they want to offer blessings and support and want the administration to continue, 23 per cent said that in solving problems, it should consider positive and negative impacts on different social groups, while 23 per cent said they want to see a corruption-free administration that works with honesty and fairness.

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