The pollsters at the Bangkok University based their finding on interviews with 1,021 people, aged 18 and up, in Bangkok between Jan 3 and 6.
Asked about the plan to shut down Bangkok on Jan 13 by the anti-government movement, 60.4% of respondents said they were worried it could lead to violence, but 39.6% were not worried about it, Bangkok Poll said.
On the most severe possible effects of the shutdown, 37.3% of them pointed to traffic congestion and travel difficulties, 22.5% opted for a slowdown in economy, investment and tourism, and 19.3% said possible violent clashes involving the PDRC and the red-shirts and state authorities.
A total of 11.7% were concerned that their income would be affected, 6.7% worried about their safety and 2.5% were afraid of a possible military coup.
Asked whether the imposition of the emergency decree would minimise any violence caused by the shutdown, 50.2% said no, only 14.8% said yes and 35% were unsure.
On whether the resignation by caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra would help ease political turbulence and conflict, 45% said it would not make any difference, 38.9% thought it would help ease political tension, but 16.1% believed it would get worse.
Asked about the post-election political situation, if the election took place on Feb 2 as scheduled, 44.4% said it would be the same, 25.5% thought it would get worse, 14.4% believed it would be better and 15.7% were unsure.
Regarding the proposed national reforms, 41.7% of the polled people wanted reforms on major areas before the election, and that the reforms should completed in one year. Of the total, 34.2% said during the reforming period should be run and the election be held by an impartial administration, but 7.5% disagreed, saying the mission should be carried out by the caretaker government of Yingluck Shinawatra.
Some 27.3% said the main issues should be reform first with the period decided by an agreement between the main protagonists, and then an election, 14.4% saw no suitable model of proposed reform at this time, and 16.6% were unsure.
Asked whether they would support a military coup if the situation turned violent, 42.1% said no, 38.5% said yes and 19.4% were unsure.