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Many Thai households struggle to make ends meet


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Most of the Thai population is concerned about rising costs, poor government performance, and resulting research results. A recent poll found that most Thais are concerned about the rising cost of living and poor government performance.

These results of the Suan Dusit survey, which was held Tuesday to Thursday of 1,047 people across the country last week, were released yesterday afternoon.

Most of the questions were so-called open-ended questions and gave the respondents the opportunity to give more than one answer.

When asked what they were most concerned about, 89.73 per cent chose the rising cost of living and rising prices of consumer goods and energy. Other answers were economic slowdown (87.43 per cent), bad governance (73.70 per cent), the Covid-19 situation (71.21 per cent), and the behaviour of politicians (70.44 per cent).

When asked how concerned they are, 56.73 per cent said they were mildly concerned, 38.87 per cent extremely concerned, 4.01 per cent not so concerned, and 0.48 per cent not at all concerned.

When asked to explain why they were concerned, 80.97 per cent attributed it to rising prices, 57.10 per cent cited so-called government subsidies, while 47.25 per cent said they couldn’t make ends meet.

What would they like the government to do, 75.77 per cent say the government should listen to people’s opinions, 71.61 per cent want those in power to pay more attention to people’s quality of life rather than politics, while 66.57 per cent want more government subsidies.

Looking to the near future, 76.14 per cent said they are patient and waiting for things to change, 58 per cent said they had resigned themselves to their fate, while 57.23 per cent said they were surviving by telling their families and those they love to think.

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