Poll: Political change may follow

A third of the people taking part in a Suan Dusit poll - 34.88% - believe the Bangkok shutdown on Monday could lead to political change. The poll covered 1,344 people in Bangkok and nearby provinces on Jan 9-11.

They had been asked what they thought about the Jan 13 Bangkok shutdown led by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep Thaugsuban.

A quarter - or 24.88% - thought it would affect the country and all Thai people as well as businesses and trade; 21.85% said it would cause traffic inconvenience; 10.38% wanted those involving in the shutdownt to respect the law; and, 8.61% were afraid it could lead to political chaos and clashes between Thai people.

Asked what they would do on Jan 13, 28.55% said they would closely follow the situation from various media outlets, 26.75% would stay home and rest with families; 21.01% would lead a normal life but would be more careful; 17.94% might join or observe the rally; and, 5.75% might find something to do to relieve the tension such as going shopping, eating out and making merit.

Asked what they had in mind to tell the PDRC over the Jan 13 shutdown, 38.17% said they wanted the rally to end as soon as possible; 24.78% wanted all sides to turn to each other to find a common way out; 20.31% wanted the protesters to respect the law and think more of safety; 11.38% wanted the PDRC to care about the people's travels; and, 5.36% wanted the protesters to be rational and listen to other people's opinions.

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Discussion 1 : 12/01/2014 at 05:50 PM
I have to disagree. Polls often designed to drive people to certain direction. Carefully selected questions can result in the desired outcome.
Discussion 2 : 12/01/2014 at 03:47 PM
Good poll and interest reading. The change of political rules is inevitable after the conducts of parliament nearer to frauds.
Discussion 3 : 12/01/2014 at 03:47 PM
Haha ..this poll is only held under bangkok people. Media pay to much attention to that fool. This will cost thailand much..s insane man..they think they get it better. I still can not understand, why a man accused off murder still wakes around..this can only in thailand. this is toally crazy. in all other countries such a man which is a threath for democraty and freedom would already been locked up..and here crazy people believe in him..dictators did same in past. why media and people not see this??
Discussion 4 : 12/01/2014 at 03:21 PM
Polls, properly carried out, are scientifically valid, even with a small percentage of the population as a sample. However, because we are not given the full info on how questions are put, I don't trust Thai polls.
Discussion 5 : 12/01/2014 at 12:47 PM
Let us see the poll's prediction tomorrow, if it will really lead to a political change. I am a skeptic of polls any where, doesn't reflect the true sentiment of the majority
Discussion 6 : 12/01/2014 at 12:43 PM
Exactly why I'm hitting my head every time I read a Thai poll. "10 percent agree with Suthep, while 40 percent like eating cookies, and a staggering 50 percent need at least 6 hours of sleep a night". Thanks pollsters, that really tells us what people think.
Discussion 7 : 12/01/2014 at 12:00 PM
These polls always baffle me. Often, as in this case, none of the options are mutually exclusive. Will the shutdown affect traffic? Yes. Could it lead to political chaos? Yes. Will it affect the country? Yes. Might it lead to change? Yes ('might' being the key word). Should people respect the law? Yes.
Discussion 8 : 12/01/2014 at 11:45 AM
From the Poll results it looks as if the majority of respondents don't want the rally to end soon; don't want the two sides to settle; don't want the protestors to respect the law and other people's opinion, and don't think the protests will lead to political chaos. Yet they don't see the shutdown as leading to any political change.

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