Over a year ago, the Bhumjaithai Party reshaped the Thai Law by decriminalizing cannabis in a bid to stimulate the country’s economy. This was a ground-breaking move, though not without its share of contention, particularly, when it came to the topic of recreational use of the increasingly legal herb.
A fascinating survey titled “Confidence in the government after its declaration of policies” was undertaken from the 14th to 16th of September in collaboration with the Institute of Future Studies for Development. The survey incorporated a plethora of voices across numerous fields, speaking for a diverse demographic – from various occupations and varied educational backgrounds. The survey gathered data from 1,227 participants, all of whom were above 18 years of age.
An interesting facet of the survey asked participants to evaluate the performance of politicians during the previous week’s announcement and the subsequent debate on fresh government policies.
The key figures emerging from this performance evaluation were Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and Move Forward MP Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn, both of whom garnered high praise for their performances during the debate.
The outcome of the poll is as follows:
The list of top ten government policies that the masses preferred not to be prioritized is as follows:
With an overwhelming 28.02% vote – Cannabis for medical use topped the list.
Following closely, with a 21.14% vote – The 10,000-baht digital wallet scheme.
Next, with a 10.21% vote was – Amendment of the Constitution.
6.35% were interested in capping Bangkok electric train fares at 20 baht.
4.62% wanted changes in the state welfare card.
3.46% voted for an Increase in daily minimum wage to 600 baht within four years.
3.24% desired Military reform, such as ending conscription.
3.08% said there were no disappointing policies.
The list ends with promoting equality and working on free trade agreements which received 1.96% and 1.95% votes respectively.
Next, we have the top five ministers who played the strongest role during the policy announcement debate:
Unsurprisingly, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin led the pack with 49.02% votes.
Interestingly, 11.38% voted for none, followed by 6.31% for Interior Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.
Public Health Minister Cholnan Srikaew and Defence Minister Sutin Klungsang followed next with 4.96% and 3.38% votes respectively.
Alongside these, the top five ministers who unfortunately played the weakest role in the policy announcement debate included Anutin, Srettha, Cholnan, and Sutin.
Finally, the confidence inspired by the opposition, led by the Move Forward and Democrats, was high at 52.02%, with 42.28% vote still uncertain.
The strongest role in the policy announcement debate among the opposition MPs was played by Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn, followed by Rangsiman Rome, Chaithawat Tulathon, Chuan Leekpai, and Parit Wacharasindhu in respective rankings.