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.