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Poll: vast majority fear second virus wave, support foreign arrival ban




A recent opinion poll by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll, showed well over 90% of respondents fear a second wave of Covid-19 and want a complete ban on foreign arrivals in Thailand.

The poll, taken July 14-18, gauged the concerns of 1,459 Thai adults of various education levels and occupations, about the possibility of a second outbreak, following 2 incidents last week. 1 concerned members of an Egyptian military mission breaking quarantine rules, (1 of whom later tested positive for the virus); the other involved a Sudanese diplomat’s family, who stayed at a Bangkok condominium instead of a state quarantine facility, with 1 member of the family infected.

The poll showed 52.2% of the respondents are “very concerned” about the 2 incidents, 39.7% are “quite concerned”, while the rest are “not concerned at all”.

Regarding how to prevent a second wave of infections, 94.5% said all foreigners should be banned from entering Thailand, 86.4% suggest a stringent screening process, 83.8% say people must wear face masks and regularly wash their hands, 81.4% suggest the government keep people updated on the pandemic and 76.7% want free access to Covid-19 testing.

Asked to mention “5 things” that would worry them if there were a new wave of Covid-19, with each respondent allowed to give more than 1 answer, a whopping 95.9% cited the degree of the spread; 94.45% unemployment; 92.05% a shutdown of businesses; 84.17% their children’s schooling; and 84.17% another lockdown announcement. About 73.8% “believe there will be another round” of lockdowns, while the rest dismiss it as a possibility. To ease public concern, 47.4% of the respondents suggest the government should tighten screening measures without exception.

SOURCES: Thai PBS World | Bangkok Post


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  1. Toby Andrews

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Vast majority of a poll of 1459 say keep foreigners out.
    I think that is the same number they asked last time.
    Is anyone going to take notice?
    Make it a poll of a 100.000 and I will take it seriously

  2. Bubba Lee

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Thailand has a proven method of detecting and containing COVID-19 for anyone entering Thailand, using preflight, post-flight testing, and 14-day quarantine with testing before release into the general population. Foreigners entering Thailand to return home to their Thai spouses, children, and families and community are just as concerned for their safety as any of the Thai repatriates. Weekly it appears Thiager journalist feels it is necessary to publicize a very sensationalized racist, panic spreading article of propaganda. They cite the same old story of a “recent poll” by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, regurgitating the same biased group of respondents over and over again. Why, what is their motive? Why do they insist on persuading all Thailand that all foreigners are unwanted?
    Anyone with one modicum of intelligence knows that polls can be molded to suit the pollster’s ulterior motives by the way the questions and people questioned are selected. Polls here are being sited as some sort of real narrative about Thai people’s innermost feeling of fear of foreigners bringing COVID-19 into Thailand. This is a simple spin, the narrative could be spun that due to the lack of proper quarantine procedures Thai people fear to allow all foreigners to enter Thailand. The author of this article is pushing his agenda in opposing foreigners’ entry. Instead of a vast majority fear, it could have been stated a minority fear… it’s all in the way you present the news that makes it fake.
    Thank you, Jack, for your fine support of people trying to return home to their families.

    • rinky stingpiece

      Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 5:16 pm

      Polls in every country are clickbait…

    • ThomasW

      Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 6:07 pm

      Fully agree. And how is the old saying, don’t trust a statistic (or poll) you didn’t falsify yourself.

    • Ferdy McCall

      Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 6:13 pm

      Spot on, Bubba

  3. Phil

    Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    The Thai government have been very proficient at promoting a climate of abject fear throughout this entire event, so it’s no wonder you will find people who are “nervous” in what is a really pointless poll, that serves only to reinforce that fear factor even further. The recent Egyptian military fiasco is another mess in which the subsequent frantic shoulder-brushing and hand-washing to deflect responsibility only shows the true level of confidence and control. I polled my employees, and they are each more nervous about the government actions (or inactions) rather than any virus! You can get whatever result you want from a poll, as you can a graph or other infographic tool. As a matter of interest, how many of those polled were working in business related to tourism? The real question should be “WHY” are they nervous? After the first answer, you ask the fifth “why”, and you might just get to the facts of this matter!

  4. Edy F.

    Monday, July 20, 2020 at 1:21 am

    Who can believe this ? The taiger is just working for false information. How many suicides in Thailand ? How many people without money now ? Do you really think thai people don’t want foreigners to come back ? Of course not.
    Your poll is only a one more lie. You don’t want to see the reality. But look behind you. Truth is coming..

  5. Jasmin

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    What are Thai government going to do with its flat-broke tourist system? Many of hotel employees have nothing to eat. They will rather die from hunger then Covid 19. And how long Thailand will have closed borders? The virus will be present in our life. It will never go away. Once Thailand will open borders and many of Thais will get sick because they don’t have specific immunity.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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