Poll: 59% want election invalidated

Almost 60% of people polled thought the Feb 2 election should be nullified and more than half of them agreed the caretaker premier should step down to allow the appointment of an impartial prime minister, Nida Poll said on Friday.

The pollster at the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida) said the finding was based on interviews with 1,259 people nationwide between Feb 5 and 6.

Asked why only 46.7% of eligible voters nationwide turned out to vote in the Feb 2 polls, 24.16% of the respondents thought it was because the people were unhappy with current politics and the election system, 23.86% of them believe the people were fed up with politics, Nida Poll reported.

Some 21.01% of the sample believed it was because the people opposed the Thaksin regime, 12.97% said the people wanted caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down, 11.93% said it was caused by other reasons -- some polling stations were blocked by anti-government protesters of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), people’s concerns over their safety, people were not free and were busy working in other provinces, and 6.07% were unsure.

Asked who should be held responsible for the unsuccessful holding of the election, 45.92% pointed to the caretaker government, 23.26% said the PDRC, 23.14% blamed the Election Commission, 1.01% said all Thai people and 6.67% had no comment.

Asked whether the election should be voided, 59.25% of the polled people agreed, given that less than 50% of eligible voters turned out, there were no MP candidates in some provinces and there would be too few  MPs for the House of Representatives to convene.

However, 20.41% of them disagreed, saying the poll should not be nullified because the votes came from people exercise their voting rights under a democratic system and the election complied with the charter, while  20.34% were unsure.

Asked what the caretaker government should do in the current situation, 55.76% of the respondents said Ms Yingluck should step down to open way for the selection of an impartial prime minister, 21.21% of them said do nothing and continue to work as a caretaker administration.

Only 6.20% wanted the caretaker government to use force to disperse the anti-government protesters, 4.92% said all sides should turn to talks and jointly find a way out of the political crisis, while 11.91% made no comment.

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Discussion 1 : 08/02/2014 at 09:17 AM
The PM should shut down the media, arrest the oppositions gang, disband the oppositions party, block the internet, take polls that only show how every body loves the government OOOOOPS !!!! that what Abhisit did sorry I got confused. Yingluck actually called for elections unlike Suphet or Abisit did. Pretty scary that a PM would respect the constitution
Discussion 2 : 07/02/2014 at 09:54 PM
Every time the same kind of reaction when a poll comes out with results not favourable for PT/UDD it is no good at all. Every time it goes in the opposite direction, pro red/'government' stuff, it is as good as written in the Bible. Selective red blindness? Polls, even good ones, need to be taken for what they are: the extrapolation of an instant picture taken of a small sample of the population. The better ones can show some 'trend' though. Accept it for what it is, but both ways, please!
Discussion 3 : 07/02/2014 at 05:44 PM
Interesting that about 20% wanted the election to stand and about 20% wanted the PTP to remain as caretakers. Could it be that the UDD and PTP's support base is down to only 20%?
Discussion 4 : 07/02/2014 at 05:29 PM
"based on interviews with 1,259 people nationwide between ' !!!
Discussion 5 : 07/02/2014 at 05:26 PM
where did it say an unelected PM ? they could get an impartial MP from one of the other parties, untainted by the "Thaksin regime"
Discussion 6 : 07/02/2014 at 05:06 PM
Pridiyathom is exactly right - Yingluck should resign immediately! This nationwide poll confirms that Thais stand with Pridiyathom and against Thaksinism!
Discussion 7 : 07/02/2014 at 01:11 PM
How many of the 1259 interviewed were from the north & northeast and how many were from the south and Bangkok? from iPhone application.
Discussion 8 : 07/02/2014 at 12:58 PM
Interesting that so many have childlike faith in ousting the elected PM " to allow the appointment of an impartial prime minister." How, pray tell, is this unelected PM to be selected? And who is judging the impartiality? Impartial according to whose partiality? Clearly not the Thai people's. This whole way of thinking is profoundly anti-democratic, and that any, let alone many, could so naively hold such simplistic errors of understanding indicates the depth of the problem that decades of appalling education have (deliberately?) wrought. What Thailand urgently needs is reform to bestow less Thainess and some actual education.
Discussion 9 : 07/02/2014 at 12:49 PM
I would want confirmation from other pollsters. The results seems far to high.
Discussion 10 : 07/02/2014 at 12:45 PM
There is no standard described as to who was polled, where the polls were conducted, and what methodology was used to conduct the poll. Without a doubt, a poll could be conducted to get the results that most favor the political position advocated by the biased people conducting the poll. If the poll was conducted among the protesters, you would probably get a 100 percent opinion that the PM should resign. If the poll was conducted in the Northeast, the results would likely reflect that nearly 100 percent of the people think the PM should stay. The recent elections reflects the will of the people, those that cared enough to vote.
Discussion 11 : 07/02/2014 at 12:36 PM
A Poll base on 1259 people is not representative for a country of 66 million . Moreover, there is no specification of how disperse is their location. If most of the poll participants are from bangkok , then it is a bias poll that should not even be published.
Discussion 12 : 07/02/2014 at 12:36 PM
I'm sure you could find pollsters who come to the exact opposite conclusion. Polls are like statistics, highly malleable.

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