Poll shows Thai public satisfied with Peace and Order Council performance


BANGKOK, June 23 — One month after the military coup staged by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), a substantial majority of the respondents surveyed in a nationwide survey conducted by Suan Dusit Poll said they were satisfied with its performance.

Suan Dusit Poll on Sunday released the results of its survey conducted on 1,614 people nationwide between June 1-21, showing that the NCPO scored 8.82 out of 10 points on administering Thailand in the past month after staging the May 22 bloodless coup.

Four out of five respondents–72.79 per cent– said the general atmosphere in the country had improved while 69.6 per cent said the military junta was able to resolve several significant problems such as settling the debt to farmers who joined the rice-pledging programme of the previous government, and just over half–50.48 per cent–said they were most satisfied with the Peace and Order Council’s performance in being able to resolve urgent problems quickly.

Slightly less than half–49.02 per cent of respondents–said the NCPO exercised its power appropriately and quickly, while 37.98 per cent said it was recognised that some groups of people still opposed the junta as they believed their rights had been limited, according to the poll.

While many oppose the NCPO, 34.02 per cent of all respondents nevertheless want the military to urgently resolve economic problems, corruption and the social divisiveness prevailing in the country, and 21.9 per cent want it to more quickly reform Thailand in order to create confidence among foreign visitors and investors.