Over 80% of Thai public suspect ulterior motive for cabinet reshuffle – Super Poll

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Over 80% of respondents to a recent opinion poll are against a cabinet reshuffle, believing that the political shakeup would fuel public suspicion that it would be intended to enable politicians to enrich themselves from the huge loan, to be secured by the Government to cushion the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Super Poll.

The survey took the opinions of 1,871 people, via telephone and field surveys, from June 1st to June 5th.

It shows 85.1% of the respondents are suspicious of the motives of Palang Pracharat politicians in caling for a reshuffle, believing that it would enable exploitation of the Government’s huge loan for self enrichment.

14.9%, however, thought otherwise.

66.8% of the respondents feel that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has distanced himself from party politics, while 33.2% want him to step in to solve the rift within the ruling party, to prevent the problem from escalating.

Asked to assess the “good people” in the Government, 48.5% say there are some, while 37.3% say they do not see any, but 14.2% say there are many in the Government.

Super Poll director Dr. Noppadol Kannikar urged the Prime Minister, and other senior members of society, not to just sit idly by, but to step in to end to the political infighting, otherwise it may get out of control and provoke public resentment.

He urged the Prime Minister to show leadership, rather than waiting until the last minute, which may then be too late.

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