Poll shows majority of people want political restrictions to be scrapped or eased

More than 45 percent of the respondents to an opinion poll want political restrictions to be completely scrapped against about 18 percent who want them to stay.

Suan Dusit Poll of Suan Dusit University gauged the opinions of 1,033 people of different occupations across the country during August 29- September 1 for their views on easing or scrapping of  restrictions on political activities.

Results of the opinion poll show that 46.33 percent want the restrictions to be completely scrapped in order to create a political atmosphere that is conductive to an election. Another 35.26 percent agree that the restrictions to be eased for activities which are deemed necessary in order to prevent possible chaos if the restrictions are completely “unlocked”.

But 18.41 percent object to easing or scrapping the restrictions for fear that it may lead to political violence.

As many as 48.96 percent are concerned that easing or scrapping the restrictions may lead to political conflict or unrest while 41.57 percent agree that restrictions should be eased to allow parties to declare their political platforms and 39.66 percent disagree with easing or scrapping restriction on poll campaigning.