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Pro-Junta Polls Only, Says Prayuth

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Prime Minister and junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha has given Thai pollsters a clear guideline: no anti-junta surveys allowed.

"If they want to do polls, they can do so. But if they do polls to oppose NCPO, that's unacceptable," Gen. Prayuth said at the Government House yesterday, using the formal name of the junta, the National Council for Peace and Order. "They cannot do that."

Gen. Prayuth was commenting on a number of recent surveys of public opinion on the political situation in Thailand, nearly all of which have cast the junta in a favorable light.  Critics say most of the polls are unreliable - not only because respondents may fear expressing their views under the junta's crackdown on dissent - but because the surveys tend to rely on small sample groups and use misleading wording.


Published 24 February 2015

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