Majority support retention of political ban: Poll


A majority of people support the retention of the ban on political activities by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), reasoning that they want to see the country in peace, according to an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was conducted on Aug 9-12 on 1,143 people throughout the country to gauge their opinions on Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon’s remark that the political ban will not yet be lifted although the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has passed an organic law governing political parties.

Gen Prawit, who is in charge of security affairs, said the situation has not yet returned to normal and important political cases are still pending court rulings.

A majority of the respondents, 60.89%, agreed with Gen Prawit, while 39.11% disagreed.

Of those who agreed with Gen Prawit, 73.49% said they want to see the country in peace; 69.40% said they do not want to see politicians quarrel; 67.67% said with the ban retained, the government can better control the situation; 59.05% said the ban should continue until there is an election; and, 46.88% said they want to see the roadmap completed.

Of those who disagreed, 74.50% said the ban is a restriction on political parties; 63.76% said this may lead to another conflict; 56.38% said the ban will leave little time for political parties to prepare for an election; 47.65% said it will become a hot political issue; and, 38.36% said, with the ban retained, the people will not know the movements of politicians.

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