Dusit Poll: Lesson learned from the assets confiscation case

Dusit Poll: Lesson learned from the assets confiscation case - Dusit Poll, translated from Thai, March 5, 2010

The "Dusit Poll" team of the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University conducted an in-depth Interview with respondents who are residents in Bangkok and the metropolitan area and who are interested in the news about the asset confiscation of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The poll relies on the random method that poll answerers are from various professions.

Two hundred and seventeen poll answerers, from February 27 to March 2, 2010 express that the “lesson”, learned from the asset confiscation case of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. are:

1. Lesson for politicians from the asset confiscation case

No.

 

 Overview

Pro-Abhisit

Pro-Thaksin.

Pro-Abhisit and Thaksin equally

Do not like both Abhisit &Thaksin  

1 1.

To respect and follow the law strictly is a must.

24.09%

33.35%

12.82%

17.39%

32.78%

2 2.

The case is an exemplified case and a lesson to politicians

21.41%

17.94%

23.08%

34.78%

9.84%

3 3.

People lose confidence in politicians

21.00%

19.23%

28.20%

8.70%

27.86%

4 4.

Politician must hold tight to being honest and having political ethics

17.40%

21.79%

10.26%

26.08%

11.47%

5 5.

The public and society must keep an eye on politicians

16.10%

7.69%

25.64%

13.05%

18.05%

The in-depth interviews reveals that  those who prefer Prime Minister Abhisit view that what politicians learn from the asset confiscation case is they must respect and follow the law strictly.

Meanwhile, those who prefer ousted Prime Minister Thaksin view that the lesson that politicians learn from the confiscation case is they lose the public confidence.

The poll respondents who are equally Pro-Abhisit and Pro-Thaksin say that the case is an exemplified case and a lesson for politicians, whereas, poll respondents who dislike both Abhisit and Thaksin express the same as those who are Pro-Abhisit.

2. The lesson that Thais learn from the asset confiscation case


No..

 

 Overview

Pro-Abhisit

Pro-Thaksin.

Pro-Abhisit and Thaksin equally

Do not like both Abhisit &Thaksin 

1 1.

The case brings divisions and breaks unity among people in the nation

26.29%

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32.91%

16.28%

26.92%

29.03%

2 2.

The case is a moral example to remind Thai people

23.29%

21.53%

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32.56%

13.27%

25.81%

3 3.

People should receive information and news about the case with good awareness

21.40%

16.45%

25.58%

29.05%

14.52%

4 4.

Concern/fear that violence and other security incidents will occur

19.04%

18.99%

18.60%

19.23%

19.35%

5 5.

Thais, regardless to their financial status, must comply with the laws strictly

9.98%

10.12%

6.98%

11.53%

11.29%


The in-depth interview reveals that the poll respondents who prefer Prime Minister Abhisit views that the lesson that Thais learn from the asset confiscation case brings divisions and breaks unity among people in the nation, whereas, the Pro-Thaksin poll respondents views that the case is an example to remind Thais about morality.
The poll respondents who like both Thaksin and Abhisit equally views that Thais should receive information and news about the case with good awareness, whereas the poll respondents who dislike both Abhisit and Thaksin express opinion in the same way as those who are Pro-Abhisit.

3. Regarding the asset confiscation case of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra., how does the public express their opinion towards Thaksin?


No.

 

 Overview.

Pro-Abhisit

Pro-Thaksin.

Pro-Abhisit and Thaksin equally

Do not like both Abhisit &Thaksin 

1 1.

Thaksin should accept the truth

36.98%

39.74%

19.04%

40.74%

48.38%

2 2.

Thaksin should learn that money and power are not durable

26.83%

37.19%

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21.44%

14.82%

33.89%

3 3.

The public sympathizes with the asset confiscation of Thaksin

20.16%

14.10%

30.95%

25.92%

9.67%

4 4.

Thaksin should continue to fight if he views that the judgment is unfair

16.03%

8.97%

28.57%

18.52%

8.06%


The in-depth interview on the public opinion towards the asset confiscation case of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin reveals that the poll respondents who are Pro-Abhisit, those who like both Abhisit and Thaksin and those who dislike both Abhisit and Thaksin express opinion similarly that Thaksin should accept the truth. Meanwhile, the poll respondents who are Pro-Thaksin sympathize with the ousted premier for his loss.

4. Benefits that the public gains from the news reports on the asset confiscation cases


No.

 

 Overview

Pro-Abhisit

Pro-Thaksin.

Pro-Abhisit and Thaksin equally

Do not like both Abhisit &Thaksin 

1 1.

The case is viewed as history that the public should study

32.89%

23.68%

39.02%

38.71%

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30.15%

2 2.

People realize the process and procedures of the court’s trial

29.65%

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30.26%

24.39%

29.03%

34.92%

3 3.

People gain better understanding of law

23.96%

31.58%

19.51%

19.35%

25.40%

4 4.

The case can be told to others who they are close to us to extend awareness

13.50%

14.48%

17.08%

12.91%

9.53%


The in-depth interview reveals that the poll respondents who are Pro-Abhisit view that the benefits from the news report on the asset confiscation case is that the public gain better understanding of law, whereas, the poll respondents who are Pro-Thaksin and those who are equally like Thaksin and Abhisit view that the case is a history that people should study. The poll respondents who dislike both Abhisit and Thaksin view that the public learns about process and procedures of the court’s trial.
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