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Most voters undecided on who to vote for: poll

A majority of people remain uncertain whether they would vote for a new political party or a new-face MP candidate although they found some of the newcomers interesting as alternative choices, according to an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Poll released on Sunday.

The poll was carried out from April 3-7 with 1,187 respondents nationwide to gather their opinions on MP candidates and political parties.
Almost 68 per cent of respondents said they were not certain if they would vote for a new MP candidate or an old face in the next election because they wanted to see their policies first. However, almost 23 per cent said they would try a new face to give the candidates opportunity as they want to see change in the country. Less than 10 per cent said they would go for seasoned MPs because they knew the candidates and were aware of their previous performances and experiences.
Almost three in four, or 72.28 per cent, were uncertain whether they would vote for an existing party or a newly formed one, as they wanted to first see the candidates and the party policies before making a decision. About 17 per cent said they would vote for a new party as they offered an interesting alternative and they felt bored with old parties. Only 10 per cent of respondents said they would support their previous favourite parties, saying they had a long reputation and were well known.
Asked what they think about the new MP candidates expected to run in the next election, around two in five, or 41.76 per cent of the respondents, said there would be more various and interesting candidates for voters; 39.35 per cent saw them as new alternative choices but it depended on the voters’ decision, and 31.89 per cent said they still need time to consider thoroughly. 
About 40 per cent opined that former MPs have the right to move to a new party in the next election.
Nearly 100 political parties have submitted their applications to form a new party to the Election Commission (EC) since early last month. So far the EC has approved nine parties.

Published : April 08, 2018

By : The Nation