Improvements expected after reforms

A majority of Thais believe the political situation will improve after reforms, according to an opinion poll conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida).

The poll was carried out to assess people's opinion on "the National Council for Peace and Order's time-frame for national reforms" between July 2-3. It covered 1,256 people of various occupations and levels of education.

The NCPO has set a 12-month time-frame to complete the country's reforms before holding an election in October next year.

Asked to comment on the deadline, 58.6% of the respondents thought it was suitable, 21.34% said it was too long, 17.75% too short and 2.31% no comment.  

On the political situation after the reforms and the election, 35.43% believed it would slightly improve, 35.43% thought it would improve a lot, 20.30% said it would be the same, 3.74% foresaw the worst and 4.62% had no comment.

Asked which problem was most likely to be solved in the reforms, 43.55% pointed to eradication of corruption among politicians and government officials, 24.68% political conflict, 9.08% politicians' unfavourable behaviour, 4.78% domination of political parties by capital groups, 3.6% balance of power between the executive and legislative branches, 1.59% voting-buying, 1.35% efficiency of independent agencies, and the rest had no comment.

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