Thailand: Low expectations from cabinet reshuffle: Poll

  • A majority of people have limited expectations from a cabinet reshuffle, believing it will not help improve the government’s performance, according an opinion survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
  • The poll was conducted online on 1,078 people throughout the country after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said a cabinet reshuffle was imminent.
  • A majority of the respondents, 55.75%, believed the government’s performance would remain the same despite the reshuffle; 28.48% thought it would be even worse; and only 17.77% said it would be better.
  • Asked what they wanted the new cabinet prioritise after taking office, with all respondents allowed to give more than one answer, 89.29% wanted it to quickly solve the country’s economic problems; 74.06% to solve the problem of unemployment; 72.84% to be transparent in its work; 70.68% to attach importance to people’s livelihoods; and 68.05% to look into people’s indebtedness.
  • Asked whether the people would benefit from the cabinet reshuffle, 48.70% said “no”, saying only politicians would; 37.11% were uncertain, saying they would first have to see the composition of the new cabinet; and 14.19% said “yes”, saying the new, competent team members would help stabilise the government.

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