Most satisfied with Thai junta: poll

Most satisfied with Thai junta: poll
Thai junta chief and prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha.

Most people are satisfied with the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) for diffusing the country's conflicts and restoring peace and order, according to Suan Dusit poll results released yesterday.

Of 1,191 people surveyed across the country, 86 per cent were most satisfied with the NCPO for bringing about peace and order, 80 per cent were happy with their decisive and swift action, 73 per cent were content with their suppression on graft, 68 per cent gave the junta a thumps-up for cracking down on mafias and 63 per cent for paying farmers over the rice-pledging scheme.

The poll was conducted from May 18-23 under an initiative entitled "What aspects are people happy and disappointed with after the NCPO running the country for one year?"

Around 80 per cent were not happy with the junta's economic management, especially its failure to stem price rises and the high cost of living; 79 per cent were disappointed with its agricultural policies, rice and rubber prices, while 77 per cent were dissatisfied with continued violence in the deep South, 68 per cent were not happy with foreign states' lack of confidence in the country, 59 per cent were not happy with slow progress in major cases such as the Paragon bomb attack and a notorious double murder that took place on Koh Tao.

The poll assessed people who were disappointed and those who were happy with the junta. Some 59 per cent were more satisfied than disappointed, saying the country was peaceful and had effective administration, while 26 per cent were equally happy and unhappy about the junta's performance because it had both advantages and drawbacks, and a further 13 per cent were more disappointed than happy, saying the junta failed to solve economic problems and foreign countries were not confident about the coup-installed government.

Asked what makes the current coup-installed government better than the previous elected government, 83 per cent said the coup-installed government was better because it is decisive and swift, 69 per cent said it was honest, and 64 per cent said it has effective public relations.

Asked what makes the Prayut government worse than the Yingluck government, 78 per cent said it was unelected and untouchable in terms of checks and balances, as well as depriving people of rights and freedom, while 76 per cent said the government lacked political experience, and 70 per cent said the government was not |well accepted by foreign countries.

Asked in what aspects the Prayut government did not perform as well as the Yingluck government, 78 per cent said its failure to address economic issues, 75 per cent said its failure to end the insurgency in the deep South, 67 per cent said its lack of huge funding for populist policies.

People were asked what they want the government to achieve in its second year. Some 88 per cent said they wanted the government to make the country peaceful, 84 per cent said help for farmers and a boost for exports, 74 per cent said suppress graft, 66 per cent wanted a new charter completed so a general election could be held, while 65 per cent said wanted the education system improved.

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