ABAC Poll: Few people living with sufficiency

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BANGKOK, 18 April 2011 (NNT) – Only one-fifth of Thai people are successful in living with sufficiency while the rest are unable to follow the principle as they have claimed, according to a recent survey by Assumption University Research Center (ABAC Poll).

ABAC Academic Network for Community Happiness Observation and Research (ANCHOR) conducted the survey with 4,285 respondents aged from 18 to 60 years old in 28 provinces nationwide from 1 to 16 April 2011. The survey was aimed at finding main factors distracting Thai people from sufficiency.

85.2% of the respondents said they were leading their life in sufficiency; however, statistical analysis on the respondents in this group found that only 21.6% of them were actually living with sufficiency while other 78.4% were not doing what they had said.

As for five top behaviors pertaining to insufficiency life, 77.0% of the respondents bought unnecessary items which were later left unused. 68.3% of the respondents admitted that they were gambling and buying lotteries during the past three months.

63.9% of the respondents deemed corruption normal in business operation. 60.5% said corruption was common in all governments and that they could accept a corrupt government as long as the country was prosperous while citizens lived well.

48.5% of the respondents admitted that they bought things they wanted to although the items were not included in their spending plan.