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    Why are some opinion poll results so positive about the Thai junta?
    Saksith Saiyasombut
    Saksith Saiyasombut blogs extensively about Thai politics and current affairs since 2010 and works as an international freelance broadcast journalist. Read his full bio on about.me/saksith.
    Sep 24, 2014


    A Thai soldier stands guard in front of the Democracy Monument in Bangkok after the military seized power on May 22.

    Pic: AP.ongoing repression of dissentwe highlighted the flawed fallacy of taking opinion poll results as a serious indicator of the mood

    According to one pollster, a number of respondents refused to be interviewed when asked about their political views

    As a result, the respondents are dominated by either yellow-shirt supporters or people who are politically neutral, said the source, who requested anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to the press.

    Mainstream polls have provided glowing praise of the performance of the National Council for Peace and Order since it seized power on May 22, amid orders curbing freedom of expression of the media and anti-coup protesters.




    Besides the likely skewed results by the established opinion poll institutes like ABAC, Bangkok University and Suan Dusit (whose results and methods have been also often criticized in the past), a new organization is raising suspicion with findings such as this:

    Up to 95 per cent of the public support
    junta chief and PM-elect Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha as the prime minister, the Master Poll survey has found. The survey was carried out by Thai Researchers in Community Happiness Association among leaders of 622 communities around the country on Friday and Saturday.

    Prayuth receives public overwhelming support as PM: survey

    The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has gained increased popularity since it seized power in May with latest poll by the Thai Researchers in Community Happiness Association .



    Thai Researchers in Community Happiness Association (TRICHA), which emerged very shortly after the military coup on May 22, 2014. Its first poll on June 14about the weekly Friday evening TV address by outgoing army chief, junta leader and Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha (90 per cent are watching it regularly! 95 per cent like it!) or asking a diminutive sample size of 424 moviegoers if they liked the junta-organized screenings of the of the fifth installment of the nationalistic, dramatized biopic series of the 16th-century King Naresuan93.7 per cent of thema messageunnamedwhose profile on the website is emptymasterpoll.net and tricha.nethere). According to his bioresearch advisor to the commander-in-chief in the past.

    According to his profiles on Twitter and LinkedInmasterpoll.netLinkedIn page lists
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  • #2
    Cool.....no reason not to hold an election then

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    • #3
      Originally posted by MrBlobby View Post
      Cool.....no reason not to hold an election then
      Absolutely. We should have a poll on here.

      Are you "happier" (whatever that means ) since the errrr rearrangement of thinks in this lovely country?

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      • #4
        http://thailandchatter.com/showthrea...ll=1#post45112

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mid View Post
          A total of 1,677 selected people from throughout the country were interviewed.
          How selected, I wonder?

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          • #6
            ^ Probably selected during their promotion interview.

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            • #7
              43.95 percent said they wanted the council get rid of all forms of corruption in earnest;
              And 56.05 ? Fascinating.

              rearrangement of thinks in this lovely country
              Nice wordplay luckyjim.

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              • #8
                ^ Highlights the importance of knowing the poll questions rather than just the reports stemming from them:

                43.95 percent said they wanted the council get rid of all forms of corruption in earnest;
                35.98 percent said they expected to see honest administration; and
                20.07 percent said they wanted to see all opposing sides to cooperate for the benefit of the country.
                The three % above add up to 100%, which suggests the question went something like:

                Which of the following three do you think is the most important for the NCPO at this time.....

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                • #9
                  Prayut must stay on as PM until problems solved: survey
                  November 2, 2014

                  Prayut

                  Most community leaders want Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to serve as the country's PM for as long as it takes to resolve the country's problems, according to a survey released yesterday by Master Poll.

                  Of 626 community leaders surveyed, 63.6 per cent want Prayut to continue in his post till the problems facing the country are solved.

                  Another 7.7 per cent said they would give him time to work one more year, 14.9 per cent would like him to continue working for two years, 5.8 per cent wanted him to work for another three years, and 8 per cent said he should continue working for four years.

                  Assoc Prof Chet Ratchadapannathikul, chairman of the Thai Researchers in Community Happiness Association, said the survey showed the Prayut government and the National Council for Peace and Order receiving a job approval rating of 8.5 out of 10.

                  The government work that received the highest score was promoting His Majesty the King's sufficiency principle, with a score of 8.68, followed by the state subsidy to rubber farmers - at Bt1,000 per rai with a maximum of 15 rai - with a score of 8.39.

                  The high score for the subsidy for rubber farmers came despite reports that leaders of rubber farmers had expressed disappointment, and had attacked the scheme as only a short-term remedy. They have called on the government to provide sustainable solutions to plummeting rubber prices, for instance, by establishing an industry to buy rubber instead of solely relying on exports.

                  Other projects mentioned in the survey that received relatively high scores were the debt moratorium for poor farmers; supporting poor people with vision disability; establishing industrial and agricultural zones; the achievements of the PM by attending the Asia-Europe Meeting Summit in Italy and that he was able to get the world community to understand the situation in Thailand.

                  Others were developing rail lines between cities, developing highways to link production bases with other countries, developing land transport networks to reduce traffic congestion and projects to increase air transport potential and to boost water transport networks. The survey was conducted from October 25-31.

                  nationmultimedia.com
                  http://thailandchatter.com/showthrea...ll=1#post45112

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                  • #10
                    "Of 626 community leaders surveyed, 63.6 per cent want Prayut to continue in his post till the problems facing the country are solved."

                    Not bad or maybe not so good. Depends on where the 626 are located. If "community leaders" are amphoe chiefs and provincial governors 626 is far from the total. 926 amphoe chiefs and 76 govs. If factor in all are appointed/approved by Minister of Interior General Anupomg Paochinda not surprised consensus is Prayuth should remain PM til the problems are solved. However long it may take.
                    Last edited by Norton; 11-02-2014, 11:43 AM.
                    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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                    • #11
                      It's a circus world. The truth is entirely negotiable. The whole pretend world is a fantasy. Why anybody would take this fairy tale seriously is a mystery. It's like a serious-minded idiocraty setting up absurd rules for society. It's a pretend society for 65 million people. The mind boggles.

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                      • #12
                        The blind acceptance

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                        • #13
                          So why be leave that any of these polls were in fact done? Even if they were it would take a very brave soul to say that the Junta should go! Is that not against the rules now? The average Thai has no access to any information other than what is being fed to it by the Junta. That is how every dictatorship works. That and Fear!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by peterplonker View Post
                            The blind acceptance
                            It's the result of a life time of conditioning aimed at pacifying the masses. Anything is acceptable once citizens are convinced there are individuals and organizations whose actions are for the "good of the people" and not to be questioned.

                            Political detachment, a life time of conditioning coupled with contentment with ones lot ensures it will take far more than a coup to provoke a really major blood in the streets movement.
                            Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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                            • #15
                              Most people want politicians to be punished over rice-pledging scheme
                              November 9, 2014

                              An opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration found that 61.15 per cent of the respondents wanted politicians in charge of the rice-pledging scheme to face both political and legal punishments.

                              The survey was carried out on Wednesday and Thursday.

                              nationmultimedia.com
                              http://thailandchatter.com/showthrea...ll=1#post45112

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