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  • Poll Results | This Government can't handle the Pandemic

    Lack of confidence in Government’s handling of vaccinations

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    Despite the mass vaccination campaign that has seen around 900,000 more vaccinations given, a lack of confidence in the government’s approach to Covid vaccinations still reigns. According to a new survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University (AKA the Suan Dusit Poll), over half of respondents had doubts that government could reach its stated goal of inoculating 50 million people by the end of 2021. The online poll was taken from June 7 to June 10 on 1,450 people in Thailand.

    Some of the results of the survey are:
    • 66.87% said the policy should be implemented as soon as possible
    • 62.44% said the issue was important and would affect people’s livelihoods
    • 61.91% wanted vaccinations to be fairly expedited for all
    • 60.29% thought there should be a choice of vaccines with differing efficacy
    • 56.27% said communications about vaccines must be clear, not confusing.

    On the issues of confidence in the government, the survey shows:
    • 59.05% were not confident
    • 36.36% having little confidence
    • 22.69% have no confidence at all
    • 30.26% were fairly confident
    • 10.69% highly confident.

    On the question of whether the government could vaccinate 50 million people by the end of 2021, the survey shows:
    • 57.61% thought it was unlikely to achieve the goal
    • 42.39% believed it would be able to do so.

    The respondents could pick from a list of reasons they believed were responsible for vaccine’s rollout issues, the respondents say:
    • 77.87% say the issue is insufficient supplies of vaccines and a limited number of manufacturers
    • 67.29% say people were still concerned about side-effects of the vaccines
    • 65.56% cite a slow distribution of vaccines
    • 62.79% say information given by the government was not clear, causing confusion
    • 58.58% said there was too much rumour-mongering and fake news.

    On how the government could improve the situation, respondents say:
    • 8.74% say vaccines from several different manufacturers should be imported and in larger quantities
    • 63.92% say there should be an effective plan for the distribution of vaccines
    • 60.18% say the government must give clear information on the issue without frequent changes
    • 59.28% say risk groups should be properly prioritised for vaccination;
    • 56.79% say the private sector should be allowed to import vaccines.

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    NIDA poll suggests many Thais don’t think Prayut will be PM again

    PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s current term as prime minister might be his last, says the respondents to a new survey by the National Institute of Development Administration.

    The NIDA poll was taken from September 6 to September 9 by phone. 1,310 people, 18 and older, of various levels of education and different occupations throughout the country were queried on their opinions about PM Prayut, Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon, and Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda.

    On the question of whether Prayut will not be the prime minister when the new government comes about, 53% said this was a possibility, 32% said it was highly possible, and 31% replied that it was fairly possible. 23% said it was absolutely not possible and 11% said it had a low possibility. 4% of respondents did not have an answer or were not interested in answering.

    On the question of the possibility of Prawit becoming prime minister following the next election, 77% said it was not possible, 63% said it was totally not possible, and 14% said it was unlikely to happen. 14% said it was quite possible he will be PM, and 5% said it was highly possible. Another 5% did not have an answer or weren’t interested in answering the question.

    On the question of whether they thought the three politicians would still have a role in the development of the government following the next election, 60% said it was likely to happen, and 36% said it was unlikely. 4% did not answer or weren’t interested in answering.


    • #3
      PM defends government’s performance, wants to move Thailand forward

      The Thai PM has defended the government’s performance since seizing power in a military coup 8 years ago. According to a Bangkok Post report, Prayut Chan-o-cha says he’s led Thailand through crisis after crisis and is doing his best to move the country forward. The PM says at the time he seized power, the nation was deeply divided and mired in conflict, adding that the country was becoming “the sick man of Asia”.

      “Some people may have forgotten this. When the National Council for Peace and Order was formed, we were aware that (restoring order) would come at a price … (but) we were criticised for being undemocratic.”
      The PM went on to defend the NCPO, saying people still had freedom of expression following the coup (provided they remained within the confines of the law).

      “At the time, the NCPO tried to ensure that people could still enjoy their freedom of expression in line with the law, with all sides given as much leniency as possible. The NCPO had a great deal of special power, but I only used it when it was necessary to solve problems.”
      Meanwhile, he says the government’s 20-year strategy is essential to turning Thailand into a developed country by 2037. The pandemic has presented a major challenge, decimating the economy as a result of the country’s heavy reliance on tourism.

      “The Covid-19 crisis is a tough one. We are fighting against an invisible enemy. Huge amounts have been spent on helping people get back on their feet.”
      The PM points out that the international community has praised Thailand’s handling of the pandemic.

      “When the coronavirus crisis eases, Thailand will need investment to spur economic growth. I want everyone to have trust (in the government). In times of crisis, the government may not be working as fast as some might expect. But we are determined to tackle all problems. We need to join forces. This is not the time for conflict.”