Poll shows 98 per cent believe Thailand is better than other countries


The survey from Aug 16 to 21 had 35,273 respondents via social media and 1,409 people via direct contact. - AFP

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN): A recent poll shows that 98 per cent of Thai people believe Thailand has more good things than other countries.

The survey from Aug 16 to 21 had 35,273 respondents via social media and 1,409 people via direct contact, Asst Prof Noppadon Kannika, the director of Super Poll Research Centre, said on Saturday (Aug 22).

When asked who must protect the country's institutions, 94.9 per cent of respondents said the people, 89.5 per cent said government officials and 86.9 per cent said the Army.

Respondents were allowed multiple choices.

When asked what good things Thailand has, 97.6 per cent of respondents cited royal projects that benefit people, 97.4 per cent cited the religion that was the centre of good deeds, 96.8 per cent named children who take care of their parents, 96.2 per cent cited sufficiency economy that encourages people to rely on themselves, 92.9 per cent cited people in the country that helped resolve the Covid-19 crisis, 89.8 per cent cited the "3 Forests for 4 Benefits" principle, 87.1 per cent cited the tree bank that encourages people to grow trees for sale, 86.1 per cent named the Army that alleviates people's suffering, 78.5 per cent cited electric trains and advanced technologies, and 60.3 per cent cited people who know that foreigners were trying to create conflict among Thai people.

Around 98 per cent of respondents agreed that Thailand has more good things than other countries, while 2.0 per cent did not agree.

The survey on political message trends showed that the message "Free Youth" that was released on July 12 had hit the highest trending on July 23, with 75.3 per cent of netizens using this message on Twitter and 14.9 per cent on Instagram.

"Meanwhile, the messsage 'Let it [political issue] end in our generation' that was released on July 18 had hit the highest trending on Aug16, with 60.0 per cent of netizens using this message on Twitter and 32.5 per cent on Instagram," Noppadon said.

He said Instagram had become a channel to express political messages to create tensions among the new generation, and 54.2 per cent of netizens used "Setting a deadline to eliminate dictatorship" on Instagram and 41.9 per cent on Twitter.

"Meanwhile, the message 'Our Thailand has this thing' that was released on June 24 hit the highest trend on Aug 19, with 73.2 per cent of netizens using this message on Twitter, 10.7 per cent on Instagram and 6.3 per cent on video clips," he said.

He added that Thailand has more good things than other countries, so Thai people should not allow foreigners and some Thais to create conflict between them.

"Many people will burn the house when they see a snake entering, to kill that snake. So, what will be left in the end?" he said. - The Nation/Asia News Network

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