Majority see no possibily for Dem, PT to jointly set up govt after election: Poll | Bangkok Post: news

A majority of people see no possibility for the country's two major political parties -- Pheu Thai and Democrat -- to join hands to set up a coalition government after the next general election although they want them to do so, according to the result of an opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll. The poll was carried out on June 21-23 on 1,250 people aged 18 and over of various levels of education and occupations throughout the country. On the possibility for Pheu Thai and Democrat parties to jointly set up a government after the next election, a majority of the respondents, 53.84%, said this would definitely not be possible as the two parties hold different political ideologies and policies and their conflicts have long been deep-rooted; 29.36%, however, believed there is a certain level of possibility for them to do so but some of their members might disagree; 6.32% said the possibility is high because both could possibly adhere more importance to the country's interests; and, 10.48% are uncertain or have no answers. Asked whether they want to see the two parties join hands to set up a coalition government, a majority, 63.60%, said they want to see this happen for the sake of political stability; 26.88% said they do not want this to happen, reasoning that they should separately play a role of the government or the opposition; and, 9.52% are uncertain. Asked what if new political parties are set up to support the present government to continue to be in power, 53.52% said they agree to this in the hope that they would be new alternatives and help reduce political conflicts; 31.28% disagreed, saying that it would be a perpetuation of power of the present military-installed government which has restricted the rights and liberties of the people; and, 15.20% are uncertain.

June 25, 2017 02:48 UTC