Introducing ‘Just the Issues’: Our survey of the political and social leaders in Thailand

Politics is oftentimes mired in rhetoric and tribalism. Issues are pushed aside for appeals to emotion, appearance and other illogical things. That is why Thai Enquirer has been conducting an ‘issues’ survey with the political and social leaders of the country. We wanted to cut through all the posturing and BS and get to some core issues that might shed more light on where a candidate or leader stands on the political spectrum.

We have avoided questions related to military coups because where a candidate stands on that matter is pretty obvious based on their relation to the current government. We also realized that some of these leaders are extremely busy so we limited ourselves to just 7 questions. The leaders were asked to give yes or no answers and one sentence, if they wanted, to support their answers.

The questions are:

  1. Do you support gay marriage and should it be legal?
  2. Do you support abortion rights for women?
  3. Is climate change real and should we spend money to fight it?
  4. Should we increase the minimum wage?
  5. Should marijuana be legal?
  6. Should prostitution be legal?
  7. Should we get rid of the military draft?

Some of the answers may surprise you and some of them are just par for the course. We will continue carrying out this survey until the end of the year. By then we should have enough of a data set to draw some conclusions about where we stand as a country.

Here are the leaders we have interviewed so far.

Paibul Nititawan

Anutin Charnvirakul

Piyabutr Saengkanokkul

Korn Chatikavanij

Pannika Wanich

Abhisit Vejjajiva

Rangsiman Rome

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