Polishing The Dictator II

27 09 2014

Our last post was about honoring The Dictator by buffing his posterior ego. In this short post PPT wants to draw attention to an important post at Siam Voices.

There, Saksith Saiyasombut deconstructs the opinion polls that have regularly had the military dictatorship’s approval rating at unbelievably stellar heights. While the run-of-the-mill polling companies and agencies in Thailand are described as using “dodgy methodology and phrasing, small sample sizes, questions about representation etc.,” Saksith points to even dodgier polling.

He points to Master Poll surveys conducted by the Thai Researchers in Community Happiness Association (TRICHA). Neither group has much information available, although the Master Poll website says it was founded in May 2014. Now what else happened in May 2014??

Saksith’s research also reveals that Noppadon Kannika, the person behind the organizations, claims some interesting connections:

1. Research Advisor to the Commander in Chief, the Royal Thai Army.

2. Research Advisor to the Permanent General of the Ministry of Justice.

3. Advisor to the Secretary General of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission.

4. Advisor to the Police Commissioner-General (Police Chief), Royal Thai Police.

5. Advisor to the Immigration Police Bureau.

6. Research Project Director and Advisor to the Office of Narcotics Control Board, the Ministry of Justice.

7. Research Project Director of the Thai Health Promotion Office.

8. Research Project Director and Member of the Government’s Working Group for Solving the H1N1 Flu Epidemic Problems in Thailand.

9. Research Advisor the Thai Consultant Database Center, the Ministry of Finance.

It seems likely that this polling agency is nothing more than a military-backed propaganda agency. That would explain its unlikely results giving the military dictatorship and General Prayuth Chan-ocha.



2 responses

19 10 2014
Only 93.3 percent | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] For information on the polling jokers, see this post. […]

19 10 2014
Only 93.3 percent | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] For information on the polling jokers, see this post. […]

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