Poll: Border dispute won’t end happily

Most people polled recently did not believe the Thai-Cambodian border dispute would end in a good way for the country and that the case was being used as a political game, Abac Poll reported on Sunday.

  • Published: 27/01/2013 at 10:44 AM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

Abac Poll from Assumption University interviewed 2,016 people aged 18 years up in 17 provinces, seeking opinions on the border dispute case, between Jan 22 and 26.

The provinces are Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Suphanburi, Chon Buri, Phichit, Petchabun, Chiang Mai, Nan, Nakhon Phanom, Kalasin, Roi-Et, Si Sa Ket, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Songkhla and Narathiwat.

Abac Poll said 67% of the respondents had no confidence that the border dispute would end happily for Thai people.

A total of 64.7% thought the dispute had become a political game, but 35.3% disagreed.

Some 76.1% of those polled said the judicial system should be used to settle the border conflict, but 23.9% wanted a political solution.

Regarding politics, 63.8% of the respondents said the rare gathering between Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Privy Council president Gen Prem Tinsulanonda and army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Army Day was a better reconciliation sign than a move to issue a national reconciliation law.

However, the remaining 36.2% disagreed, saying issuing the reconciliation law through the parliamentary system was a better solution.

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