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NIDA Poll: No optimism about pandemic, economy, and politics

PHOTO: A poll of expectations for 2022 shows the majority of people aren't optimistic. (via Wikimedia)

A new NIDA Poll asked people about their thoughts on 2022, asking about politics, the economy, and the Covid-19 pandemic, with the majority of respondents not having a particularly positive outlook on the coming year. They were asked if the economy will improve, if the pandemic will subside, and also if PM Prayut Chan-o-cha will remain in power or what will happen in the world of politics.

The poll was conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration who surveyed a representative sample of 1,325 people who were of various ages over 18, and from a variety of different locations, occupations, and levels of education. The surveyed people were interviewed by phone between January 4 and January 6.


How do you expect 2022 to be regarding Covid-19, politics, and economics?

  • 46.34% – it will probably remain as chaotic as 2021
  • 34.72% – it will be even more chaotic
  • 10.04% – it will be less chaotic
  • 3.77% – it will be calm
  • 5.13% – no answer or were not interested in the poll question

NIDA Poll: No optimism about pandemic, economy, and politics | News by Thaiger


Will PM Prayut Chan-o-cha stay in power?

  • 45.36% – PM Prayut will retain his power throughout the year
  • 11.47% – a new election will come via a House dissolution
  • 7.85% – there will be cabinet reshuffles
  • 7.32% – PM Prayut will resign
  • 6.64% – PM Prayut no longer qualifies for the Prime Minister position after the 8-year constitutional term limit
  • 3.47% – expect rifts in the coalition parties that lead to government collapse
  • 3.17% – Protesters will oust PM Prayut from the prime ministership
  • 1.28% – a military coup will seize power from PM Prayut and his government
  • 0.98% – PM Prayut will be outmanoeuvred politically and lose the prime minister position
  • 12.46% – no answer or were not interested in the poll question

NIDA Poll: No optimism about pandemic, economy, and politics | News by Thaiger


Compared with 2021, how will the economic situation be in 2022?

  • 45.73% – the economic situation will be worse
  • 34.04% – the economic situation will remain about the same
  • 20.23% – the economic situation will improve

Poll question 3


Will the Covid-19 pandemic get better or worse?

  • 42.04% – the pandemic situation will get more serious
  • 24.98% – the pandemic situation will remain about the same
  • 18.72% – the pandemic will subside in 2022
  • 14.26% – the pandemic will no longer be cause for concern

Poll question 4

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.