Inaccurate polls

In the June 9 edition of the Bangkok Post, two articles referred separately to different polls on the new government.

The Nida Poll results showed that "44.11% believe it [the new government] would complete the four-year term", and "5.25% were uncertain or had no comment". That means that just over 50% believed that the government would not complete its term.

Another article referred to the Suan Dusit Poll, in which 73.65% believed the new government would be unable to complete its term. This significant disparity shows how difficult it is to conduct accurate polls. So much depends on how the questions are phrased and whether individuals are given a written questionnaire or verbal. It must also be asked whether just over 1,000 people is an appropriate sample size in a country in which local politics and politicians have such a huge influence on national elections. With 350 constituencies that is only about three people per constituency! Given that, I am not sure I believe either of these polls.

Howard Stark

Illusion of democracy

Re: "Prayut's many critics are just warming up", (Opinion, June 10).

Supporters of Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha may say they want the former army chief to be the force that keeps Thaksin Shinawatra at a distance regardless of the methods employed. While admirers of Thaksin might claim that the tycoon former PM personifies democracy that truly benefits the rural poor.

Both men are not what their supporters claim them to be. Instead, they are the forces that make true democracy in Thailand just an illusion.

Hence, it would be best for the country's democratic future if the two men agree to quit Thai politics at the same time -- preferably now.

Vint Chavala

No time for Harris

Re: "Kamala Harris talks up prosecutorial experience", (World, 10 June).

It is very difficult to understand why Ms Harris wants to be elected, on the grounds that she is the best placed to prosecute President Trump, to the one position where it would be egregiously anti-constitutional and undemocratic for her to be involved in the prosecution of anybody and, more generally, interfere in the judiciary. One wonders whether she ever read the constitution.

At the same time, how can she complain that "too many black and brown people are locked up" when so many of them are locked up because of her public prosecution policies?

Baffled Reader

Is insurance needed?

We're all told it's important to buy health insurance. Yet I once figured out that the money I would spend in a lifetime on insurance would most likely far exceed the amount of money I would spend on medical bills. (While people laugh at me for being a vegan, I'm 68 years old and except for one accident I haven't needed to go to a doctor in 15 years).

If insurance companies spent more money on us than we do on insurance they'd go broke. And then they hire lawyers to find loopholes in your contract you when you do get sick.

You could be in the hospital with bills the insurance company refuses to pay. And because of all the thousands of dollars you paid the insurance companies you may not have enough money left to pay the bills yourself.

Thai Immigration doesn't give a hoot about the expats or the hospitals. They just want to make money for the insurance companies who are already clogging up my inbox asking me to buy from them.

Eric Bahrt

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