Polls, The Dictator and the “stupid”

23 03 2018

The Dictator continues his electoral campaign that sees billions of baht being doled out to potential voters.

In the land of the officially “stupid,” it remains unclear how much influence these huge dollops of taxpayer funds and intense junta repression and propaganda is having.

Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha and his minions and thugs must be angered by the results of a poll conducted by the E-SAAN Centre for Business and Economic Research of Khon Kaen University. Surveying 1,119 people in 20 northeastern provinces from 16-19 March, Puea Thai Party came out on top, with almost 43% picking the party for the next election.

Some 38% said they were still undecided, but only about 7% chose the Democrat Party.

Even so, that (anti-)Democrat Party was ahead of “any party supporting Gen Prayut” which would got support of a paltry 6%. Worse for The Dictator, “[m]ore than 80% of the respondents said the election should be held this year…”.

Meanwhile, The Dictator has taken to bragging about his military regime’s “successes” in a manner that suggests he thinks everyone in Thailand is officially stupid. He makes the claim that his junta “has solved more than 90% of the complaints lodged with the administration…”. He reckoned the official complaints received number 4,000-5,000 a month.

Gen Prayuth was campaigning in Nong Bua Lam Phu, making anti-democrat political claims about a system he called “democracy.” Clearly, not many have not been sufficiently intelligent to sign up to his political ideas. In fact, we have to wonder if the claim of stupidity is not better planted with the junta and its expensive political trickery.


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