Poll: Most would turn out to vote

About 80% of people polled said they would vote on Feb 2 if the polls go ahead, and the majority opposed another military coup, even if anti-government rallies turn violent, Bangkok Poll said on Friday.

The pollster at Bangkok University reported the results of a survey on “the Election amidst Political Conflict”, interviewing 1,018 people, aged 18 and over, nationwide between Jan 21 and 23.

Asked whether the ongoing political turmoil has an effect on their plans to votes in the Feb 2 polls, 52.6% of the respondents admitted it has had an impact, Bangkok Poll reported.

Of this group, 34.3% said they would wait and see the situation before making a decision on whether or not to turn out and 18.3% said it discourages them from voting.

Meanwhile, 47.4% said it the turbulence has no effect at all -- 23.4% of this group said they would definitely go to cast their votes and 24% said they felt they must turn out  as it is their duty under the democratic system.

Asked whether they would turn up to vote if the election does take place on Feb 2,  a high 79.6% of the polled people said yes, only 9.9% said they would not and 10.5% were unsure.

Asked if the Feb 2 election should go ahead, 51.5% of them said the polls should go ahead, 28.1% said there should be national reform before an election and 20.4% said the scheduled election should be postponed.

Asked whether they would agree if the situation escalates to violence and more death and  injuries and the armed forces decide to stage a coup, 56% said they disagreed, 21.6% said yes and 22.4% were unsure.

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Discussion 1 : 24/01/2014 at 08:27 PM
Of course it matters who people vote for. If they vote for the wrong people, they are obviously uneducated, or bribed or something, and that election must not be respected. Of course, if they vote for the "good" people, all is well and we can carry on as usual, or at least as was usual for those happy decades of peaceful democracy before 1997 when the great mass of actual Thai people started getting above themselves and wanting a people's constitution of all things! And democracy! And a voice in how they were ruled!
Discussion 2 : 24/01/2014 at 07:38 PM
Does not matter who they vote for or against as long as they vote and all respect the outcome.
Discussion 3 : 24/01/2014 at 02:03 PM
Under the circumstances that seems to be a pretty impressive result in favour of the election. Having said that, I retain my usual scepticism about the accuracy of some of these polls and 1,000+ interviews represents a fairly small base on which to base conclusions.
Discussion 4 : 24/01/2014 at 01:52 PM
They forgot to ask the question 'how many will vote 'no candidate'. That's important. If the election goes ahead it should be considered a referendum on the present system. Make it a clear campaign, then you can see if the 'majority' have lost faith in the current political choice.
Discussion 5 : 24/01/2014 at 01:32 PM
really , and what was the voter turnout last time and the time before that ? and now 80% will vote. Amazing Thailand.
Discussion 6 : 24/01/2014 at 01:25 PM
Sounds like there's hope for Thailand after all ! Let's just hope people will respect the outcome of the election.
Discussion 7 : 24/01/2014 at 12:59 PM
I am happy to see that so many citizens of Thailand respect the democratic system and will vote on Feb 2, despite PDRC:s unlawful behaviour.
Discussion 8 : 24/01/2014 at 12:46 PM
The pencil is mightier than the whistle.
Discussion 9 : 24/01/2014 at 12:46 PM
Very sad 28.1% think national reform before election. It's mean's nothing, you need a parliament and a Gvt to lead reforms. You must have the legitimacy from the people to do... The people choose, respect it vote and show to the auto proclaimed they can't impose their diktats.
Discussion 10 : 24/01/2014 at 12:26 PM
Real question is "Would you vote for a party or vote "no vote"? were is this question and where are the percentages?
Discussion 11 : 24/01/2014 at 12:25 PM
Thai people need to come out in thier millions to show Suthep that thier democratic rights can not be taken away by a renegade mob.
Discussion 12 : 24/01/2014 at 12:09 PM
At long last we start to get some solid, however shaky, facts on what the Thai people feel about an increasingly vicious (not necessarily violent, but certainly vicious, albeit vicious with a crocodile smile) minority against democracy intent on suppressing the voice of the majority of Thai citizens, whom they hold in contempt.

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