Poll: Rivals 'should step back'

The government and the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) should each take a step backwards from the ongoing confrontation as a way of concretely solving the conflict, according to the result of an opinion survey conducted by Suan Dusit Poll.

They survey was carried out on Feb 11-15 on 1,383 people across the country.

Asked to suggest a concrete way out of the current conflict, 44.59% of the respondents said both the government and the PDRC should each take a step backward; 29.28% said all concerned should stop all trouble-making behaviour and turn to forging unity; 17.56% said the two sides should find a mediator for talks and listen to each other's opinions; and 8.57% said all concerned should respect the law.

Asked if the ongoing conflicts are unusual or normal, a large majority of the respondents, or 83.91%, said the ongoing conflicts are between two major political parties fighting for power which have been deep-rooted and unusual, while 16.91% said they are ordinary political conflicts.

Asked what they thought is the cause of the conflicts, 33.17% pointed to different opinions and prejudice, 31.66% to power and self-interest, 19.10% to lack of unity and morality, and 16.07% to disrespect of the law and weaknesses in the justice system.

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Discussion 1 : 16/02/2014 at 04:47 PM
"8.57% said all concerned should respect the law." This is such a typical poll. Do they not see the problem?
Discussion 2 : 16/02/2014 at 02:55 PM
A simplistic solution to a difficult problem for sure. All sides might benefit from a "time out."
Discussion 3 : 16/02/2014 at 02:51 PM
Isn`t it obvius that courts and most high institutions as well as high rank army officers are on the old feudal "yellow" side? So having at least a government on the other (red) side is kind of a relief, just imagine what it would be like if the government would also be totally yellow? Pure dictatorship and no power to the people at all. Corrupt they are all the same, but at least the worst still can be prevented (like the Amnesty joke). If an Amart-friendly "council" would get to power, forget about democracy for the next decades! Thaksin, just can`t combine or muster so much power in one. He just couldn`t be a dictator even if he wanted to.
Discussion 4 : 16/02/2014 at 01:13 PM
Thailand can not be run through to the ground by the Shinnawatras, enough is enough!
Discussion 5 : 16/02/2014 at 01:09 PM
Govt should step forward. PDRC should step down.
Discussion 6 : 16/02/2014 at 01:03 PM
Why do we never specifically hear what "reform" that we're getting. What's the mystery?
Discussion 7 : 16/02/2014 at 12:51 PM
As of now the government can not form or re open so there is no need fir the rally to go on Look at it from a new point of view and let the courts and EC do there job Now many in Bangkok are starting to loss there job this is also unfair
Discussion 8 : 16/02/2014 at 12:33 PM
Yes...Suthep probably looking forward to going home...after the Thaksin clan leaves for good. Soon. from Playbook application.
Discussion 9 : 16/02/2014 at 12:13 PM
Step down is the more appropriate phrase.
Discussion 10 : 16/02/2014 at 11:34 AM
it is good time to go home now suthep
Discussion 11 : 16/02/2014 at 11:26 AM
Poll:Govt, PDRC should step backwards; and do what? Here is an idea, Yingluck and her family get out of politics, the government resign and set up a peoples committee and start a reform process. Sounds like stepping backwards to me.

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