Economy should be No. 1 issue for PM: poll

23-Sep-2019 Intellasia | BangkokPost | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The sluggish economy tops the list of issues that the prime minister should address, according to a survey by the National Institute for Development Administration, or Nida Poll.

The poll was conducted in 1,266 people aged 15 and over of various occupations and levels of education throughout the country on September 18-19 to ask what they would ask the prime minister to do first to cope with the many problems plaguing the country.

Asked which issue the prime minister should address first,

44.95 percent cited economic problems

15.80 percent said they had no demands for the prime minister

13.35 percent cited problems from natural disasters

4.35 percent the fight against illegal drugs

3.63 percent economic disparities

3.55 percent wanted him to resign

3.24 percent cited corruption, the bureaucracy, welfare for the elderly and disabled, unemployment and other issues

2.92 percent called for government payouts to relieve their hardship

2.29 percent cited low prices of farm products

2.21 percent injustice in society

1.97 percent called for amending the constitution

1.50 percent cited the problem of informal loans

0.24 percent were uncertain or had no comment

Respondents were also asked to comment on the prime minister’s remark that people are used to handouts, regardless of whether they’re deserved or not, and as a result they keep demanding more from the government. A total of 52.84 percent said they totally disagreed with the statement, saying the people have the right to ask the government for help if they have problems, while 15.09 percent said they partially disagreed with it, reasoning that people’s problems differ and some may really need help, while others may not.

On the other side, 28.91 percent said they agreed with the prime minister, saying some Thai people demand too much from the government without helping themselves. Only 3.16 percent were uncertain or had no comment.

Those who agreed with the prime minister’s remark were then asked why some people keep demanding more. A total of 32.76 percent said they are used to handouts without trying to help themselves; 24.38 percent blamed populist policies of past governments; 13.79 percent said some people have too many problems to cope with by themselves; 12.07 percent said the government is uable to solve every problem completely; 10.35 percent said government officials do not perform their duties fully, causing people to turn to the government for help; and 6.65 percent were uncertain or had no comment.


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