Poll: Product price hikes worry people most

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BANGKOK, 5 September 2013– A poll has found that more than 73% of Bangkokians are worried that the rising prices of LPG, electricity and expressways will increase their cost of living and they want the government to tackle the problem of expensive products as soon as possible. 

According to the survey conducted by the Bangkok University Research Center (Bangkok Poll), the majority of the respondents or 87% said the increasing prices of products had affected their daily life. 40% of them admitted that the rising prices had reduced their savings. 29% said they could barely save while 18% said they had more debts. Only 12% claimed they were unaffected by the price hikes.

In addition, 54% of the respondents viewed that the government was not trying to tackle the problem of high product prices. Asked which issues they wanted the government to deal with the most, 80% cited the increasing cost of living, followed by traffic congestion and political reform.