Poll: Political situation critical

A majority of Thai people think the current political situation is at a critical level with no signs of ending, according to a survey conducted by Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was carried out between April 17 and 19 on 1,374 people throughout the country to gauge their opinions on the current state of Thai politics.

More than one half, or 55.63%, of the respondents thought the political situation had directly caused a halt in economic growth and the cost of living to rise, 26.74% said it caused inconvenience to their travel and running of businesses and 17.63% said it caused people to quarrel and become disunited.

Asked to suggest how to end the ongoing conflict between the Yingluck Shinawatra administration and the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) led by Suthep Thaugsuban, 45.39% said they should hold talks to reach an agreement as soon as possible, 39.17% said the people should stop taking part in political activities and should not support any of the two sides in conflict, while 15.44% said a neutral person acceptable to all is needed to solve the conflict.

Asked whether they thought the current political situation is at a critical level, 80.57% said "yes", reasoning that violence has been used, leading to loss of life and damage to property, 11.35% were uncertain, while 8.08% did not think the situation is critical as the government is still functioning.

Asked who they thought could end the political conflict, 63.98% said all of the Thai people, 22.42% pointed to the military, and 13.60% mentioned the government and PDRC.

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