More than half of Nida Poll respondents disagree with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-chas’ plan to reopen the country within 120 days.
The public survey, titled “Believe it or not, the Prime Minister will open the country in 120 days”, was conducted from June 22 to 25 and surveyed 1,311 people aged 15 and over, from all regions, educational levels and occupations in were surveyed throughout the country.
When asked about the Prime Minister’s announcement to open nationwide in 120 days:
- 12.43 per cent said they agreed as it would stimulate the economy, help Thailand’s tourism recover and solve people’s livelihood problems.
- 13.58 per cent said they agreed with money pouring into the country to improve the economy and boost the tourism sector, but it must be strictly regulated.
- 19.91 per cent said they disagreed because the situation with the spread of the Covid-19 virus is still serious, some people have not been vaccinated and they do not trust the state’s preventive measures.
- 53.55 per cent said they strongly disagree as the situation of the Covid-19 epidemic is not yet under control; they also don’t want to risk accepting foreigners and don’t want to open the country until almost all people have been vaccinated.
- 0.53 per cent said they don’t know/don’t answer/don’t care.
When asked if they believe in the government’s promise to open the entire country in 120 days:
- 6.94 per cent said they believed.
- 20.22 per cent said they believed it completely.
- 28.68 per cent said they did not believe.
- 42.94 per cent said they didn’t believe it at all.
- 1.22 per cent said they don’t know/don’t answer/don’t care.
As for jointly accepting risks with the government by opening the whole country, the majority said:
- 52.56 per cent – that they would not accept any risk and that the government should be held accountable.
- 24.56 per cent said they would accept the risks, but the government should be held accountable.
- 11.29 per cent said they would not accept any risk, but would not blame the government.
- 9 per cent said they would accept the risks and not blame the government either.
- 2.59 per cent said they don’t know/don’t answer/don’t care.
When asked about the importance of economic recovery and health security, 69.19 per cent said they chose health security even though they may have to be in difficult economic circumstances.
They said that if people are in good health, it would help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus and make it possible to revive the economy.
Nearly 19 per cent said they chose economics, even if you have to put health safety at risk because when the economy is bad, it affects many aspects, and most people can take care of themselves and take responsibility, while 11.82 per cent said it was up to the government because both economics and health were equally important.
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