Poll: 49% of state officials back PDRC

Almost half of civil servants and state enterprise employees agree with the objectives of ongoing rallies to oust the Yingluck Shinawatra government and the so-called Thaksin regime, Nida Poll reported Friday.

The poll found 49% of those surveyed supported protests led by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and its allies because they believe the Thaksin regime is an intricate patronage system that benefits cronies, especially corrupt politicians, and is causing considerable damage to the nation.    

But 41% of respondents to the poll disagreed, saying the protests have no clear objective, have dragged on for too long and are bringing disorder and economic damage to the country. 

Nida Poll, run by the National Institute of Development Administration, said it interviewed 1,251 government officials and employees of state enterprises across the country on Wednesday and Thursday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points. 

On what the government should do to break the current political impasse, 57% said Ms Yingluck should step down to make way for a neutral person to become prime minister, while 19% wanted her to continue doing her job in a caretaker capacity. 

The pollster said 81% of respondents said they had never participated in the protests to pressure Ms Yingluck and her cabinet to step down. Asked if they would take part in PDRC activities in future, 62% said they would not, 27% said they would and 11% said it would depend on how the situation unfolded. 

A number of officials, including kamnans and village heads, have appeared on PDRC rally stages during the Bangkok Shutdown campaign, despite being threatened with disciplinary and criminal punishment by their superiors. 

On Thursday, many Commerce Ministry officials wore black to work in symbolic opposition to the disciplinary investigation launched against their colleagues who appeared on protest stages alongside retired senior officials.

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Discussion 1 : 16/02/2014 at 12:54 PM
Thailand has a top down bureaucratic government.: officials at all levels are appointed for the most part and budgetary control is centralized. Switching to elected office holders with budget authority means current office holders could loose their jobs. Self interest would make them against change.
Discussion 2 : 15/02/2014 at 06:12 PM
margin of eror the distance from bangkok to pattaya
Discussion 3 : 15/02/2014 at 09:34 AM
long bean you would replace an elected government with a terrorist murder suspect and loser Vote Blocker ?
Discussion 4 : 15/02/2014 at 06:29 AM
Are you fighting corruption or Thaksin regime? Corruption will not go away any time soon. All politicians are corrupt including Suthep himself. Your blood will not be worth it. If you're fighting Thaksin regime then changing the mind set of the Thaksin's supporters is the key to success. Remember Thaksin's supporters are very easily "swayed." All Suthep and protesters are saying is, "We cannot beat Thaksin at the poll." Yes you can! Hit the campaign trail is the key to winning at the poll.
Discussion 5 : 15/02/2014 at 02:41 AM
49% against 41% is not so significantly different. 62% of those never participate in rally would stay out of it and only 27% said would join PDRC in the future. What does it tell you? It says PDRC has no future.
Discussion 6 : 14/02/2014 at 10:09 PM
To lasse : I have not met one single PDRC supporter yet who thinks that the poor and uneducated should not have the right to vote ! You must have met some rare exceptions...
Discussion 7 : 14/02/2014 at 10:01 PM
Another NIDA poll, from the poll agency that came out in support of the PDRC, must be true.
Discussion 8 : 14/02/2014 at 09:35 PM
I would venture to suggest that figures against the government would be higher, but suppressed by a touch of apprehension, fear? ... that the results may be leaked, and just as with the many police personnel who showed their support for the protest, and were punished. I would put that 49% a few points higher.
Discussion 9 : 14/02/2014 at 09:13 PM
I have listened to many PDRC supporters who think that the poor and uneducated, should not have the right to vote. And if you have showed up in the governement offices in Bangkok the last three months, you would have met Civilian Servants (some times all of them) without uniform, but with thai flag and whistles, just waiting for a brake or end of work, to join the demonstrations and blockade of them selves. Civilian Servants have special protection, and benefits and should never obstruct the government of the same reason against the ruling governement. If they do, would every elected government fire and hire all the Civilian Servants.
Discussion 10 : 14/02/2014 at 08:50 PM
They aren't afraid now. PT got only 8 million votes this time and no longer represent more than about 30% of Thais.That's what happens when you are so arrogant, corrupt and incompetent. Tick, tock ...
Discussion 11 : 14/02/2014 at 07:43 PM
With this kind of support, why is the PDRC so afraid of election. Ditto the Dem Party.
Discussion 12 : 14/02/2014 at 07:22 PM
so all who not have same viewpoint like you are dishonest, lawbreaking, ignorant and don't pay taxes?? ....I think you listen too much hate propaganda
Discussion 13 : 14/02/2014 at 07:04 PM
How many said they would prefer an appointed ruler rather than an elected government? You never let facts get in the way of your ramblings, do you?
Discussion 14 : 14/02/2014 at 07:02 PM
It is the NEW feudal corruption that is the problem today, but that seems to be beyond your limited viewpoint, Current support for PT is estimated to be about 25% of the total electorate, so maybe you should do some homework before spouting half-baked theories on here (without any facts) to people who know rather more than you do.
Discussion 15 : 14/02/2014 at 06:57 PM
It's not surprising that many civil servants see themselves not as servants of the Thai people, which they are, or should be in a democracy, but as servant of some rather narrower vested interest group with anti-democratic goals, which is, perhaps, unspeakable, certainly unspoken by the dubious Thai media.
Discussion 16 : 14/02/2014 at 06:49 PM
More red-shirt nonsense.
Discussion 17 : 14/02/2014 at 06:48 PM
57% saying Yingluck should step down says a lot more.
Discussion 18 : 14/02/2014 at 06:44 PM
Is it representative for the whole Thailand, NO! it's just a insignificant figure.
Discussion 19 : 14/02/2014 at 06:06 PM
So massive systemic corruption,cronyism,constitution breaches,the destruction of Thailand's rice industry and other failed populist policies which may very well throw Thailand into bankruptcy,not forgetting the fact that the Country is run by a proxy/clone of a convicted criminal fugitive are now "just flaws"? LOL! Say again,what western democracy did you come from?
Discussion 20 : 14/02/2014 at 05:57 PM
If they prefer an appointed ruler, so it's really time for the Shin clan to step back. So what is strange here, genii?
Discussion 21 : 14/02/2014 at 05:50 PM
62% say they would not take part in the protesters movement. That says a lot.
Discussion 22 : 14/02/2014 at 05:43 PM
Does it mean the other 51% have connections or get paid from Dubai? If farmers understand they have been fooled by this Governement there will be not much support left for this red Dictatorship!
Discussion 23 : 14/02/2014 at 05:37 PM
Majority is not a blank cheque! That's what people like you and PT cannot grasp
Discussion 24 : 14/02/2014 at 05:10 PM
It's these people that make up a state and make it function, not the few politicians on top. Especially not the current post-buyers. Civil servants know what they are talking about. It's one thing to fool people on red tv, it's another to fool the ones that are confronted with the practical idiocy of your populistic scams.
Discussion 25 : 14/02/2014 at 05:07 PM
This is the problem - the boogeyman syndrome to overthrow democray . The people surveyed we're PDRC supporters in PDRC territory. But in an elections where millions vote. They want the elected government . Even if they won by 1 vote u respect the elected goverment despite its flaws - it's between than the alternative which serves only the old feudal corruption
Discussion 26 : 14/02/2014 at 05:07 PM
EVERY honest, intelligent, law abiding, educated and tax paying citizen of Thailand favours the rightful PDRC protests... Well done officials!
Discussion 27 : 14/02/2014 at 05:07 PM
State officals prefer an appointed ruler rather than an elected government. Would this emply that officials fair better under one versus the other. Strange.

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