Poll shows most Thais unable to earn enough to make ends meet

Most Thais are unable to earn enough to cover their expenses, according to a Suan Dusit poll, conducted online by Suan Dusit University and released on Sunday.

The poll surveyed 1,067 people across the country between October 3 and 6, 2022, asking them mostly about their personal economic situation, whether their income covers their expenses, what costs are higher than they can afford, among other things. .

The report shows that 54.54% of correspondents say their income is not enough to cover their expenses, while 82.96% believe that fuel prices and travel expenses are too high.

The poll also asked for their opinion on a report that there are up to 20 million people, almost a third of the country’s population, classified as poor in Thailand. Most respondents, 80.38%, say it’s because everything is expensive, while 74.72% say it’s because more people are unemployed and therefore without income. 70.47% said they earned the same amount of money, but could not afford less necessary things.

Most respondents hope the government will control commodity prices, reduce gas tax and be more transparent with information. Most respondents also hope that the government will help create more sustainable income opportunities while seriously and systematically addressing poverty issues.

However, 77.32% of the respondents do not expect the government to be able to solve the poverty problems and 59.23% believe that the government will not be able to solve the high commodity prices.

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