Poll: Yingluck flight turns down political heat

Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra receives roses from supporters gathered at the Supreme Court to give her moral support on Aug 1. (Bangkok Post file photo)

The disappearance of former premier Yingluck Shinawatra prior to the ruling in her rice-pledging trial on Aug 25 has resulted in a reduction of political confrontation, according to the latest survey by Suan Dusit Poll.

The pollster said 82.3% of the 1,187 respondents surveyed from Sept 4-8 believed Ms Yingluck’s no-show at the Supreme Court had a positive impact as it had reduced the atmosphere of confrontation between different political sides.

Other results seen as positive included a reduction in political activity (70.3%), less political tension (68.4%) and rising opportunities for other political parties (66.1%). As well, 53.7% said it would now be easier for the government to control the situation, while 67.7% see the Yingluck case as an example to discourage others from wrongdoing.

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