Thai government gets high marks for its handling of coronavirus pandemic
The majority of respondents to an opinion poll support the Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the assistance provided to help ease the resulting economic hardships.
The Suan Dusit Poll, of Suan Dusit University, sampled the opinions of 1,801 people between April 27th and 30th.
When asked about the actions taken to control the spread of COVID-19, the survey showed:
- 14-day quarantine for foreign arrivals: 94.18% very satisfied.
- Temporary suspension of in-bound flights: 92.55% very satisfied.
- Monitoring people in quarantine by public health volunteers: 89.23% approved.
- Quarantine and stay at home policy: 88.01% approved.
- Screening of high-risk groups: 87.08% approved.
- Lockdown measures: 85.45% approved.
- Curfew: 85.40% approved.
- Work from home measure: 85.01% approved.
On economic measures, the poll results show the following:
- Postponement of tax return filing until end of August: 83.51% approved.
- 15,000 baht subsidy for farmers: 81.43% approved.
- Unemployment compensation from social security scheme: 80.86% approved.
- Reduction of employee and employer contributions to Social Security Fund. 79.11% approved.
- Reduction of electricity charges: 79.03% approved.
- Refund of the deposits for electricity meters: 78.89% approved.
- Discount sale of face masks by Blue Flag shops: 75.76% approved.
- Subsidies from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Dignity: 74.10% approved.
- Free internet service for 30 days: 73.00% approved.
- 3% discount on utility charges: 70.29% approved.
- 5,000 baht/month cash subsidy: 66.91% approved.