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Poll: Constitutional amendment may cause conflicts

A plurality of poll respondents, or 38 % are afraid constitutional amendment in Thailand may result in conflicts among many parties, according to the Suan Dusit Poll, conducted on Saturday.

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A plurality of poll respondents, or 38 % are afraid constitutional amendment in Thailand may result in conflicts among many parties, according to the Suan Dusit Poll, conducted on Saturday.

After a joint session of Thai Parliament, debating a proposed constitutional amendment on Feb 23-24, Suan Dusit Rajabhat University conducted an opinion survey among 741 people regarding the debate.

38.9 percent of respondents, were afraid this contentious issue may bring about rifts among many parties with differing opinions

38.9 % of respondents, were afraid this contentious issue may bring about rifts among many parties with differing opinions

According to the poll, the largest percentage, or 38.9 percent of respondents, were afraid this contentious issue may bring about rifts among many parties with differing opinions, while 22.57 percent said they will keep monitoring the political situation and hoped the revision of constitution will benefit the majority rather than any individual.

Meanwhile, 48.11 percent said they were uncertain if the constitution should be amended because they did not have adequate or clear about it. About 27 percent of those surveyed said it should not be revised due to concerns over disturbances and disorder in the country, whereas 24.3 percent thought that changes should be done to improve Thai politics and the nation.

The poll revealed that 43.57 percent of the respondents believed that the charter amendment will significantly affect Thai politics because it might lead to conflict while 38.92 percent said it will have a tremendous impact on the politics due to strong disagreement.

The joint parliamentary session of House of Representatives and Senate late on Friday voted in support of three bills seeking to amend the Constitution as the governments version would be the main draft for consideration by the vetting committee.

via People worried constitutional amendment may cause conflicts: Dusit Poll.

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