Would you like to Super Size your political party?

It’s a quirk of Thai politics that pollsters are not allow to identify candidates by name when they poll people regarding their preferences. For example, they wouldn’t be able to say “Would you vote for George Bush or John Kerry?”, but rather they might ask “Would you rather vote for a male Texan governor who used to own a baseball team, or a male Bostonian senator who captained a Vietnam War swift boat and is married to a ketchup heiress?” Don’t ask me why; it all seems pretty head-scratchingly silly to me.

What I was surprised to learn today is that not only does this rule apply to polling on individual candidates, but to their political parties as well. Because many of the parties are parroting similar platforms, the easiest distinguishing, descriptive factor is their size: Do you prefer the XL, L, M, or S political party?

What if I need a big & tall size, or petite? Young Miss? Children’s?

Poll points to a Bangkok sweep
Published on February 03, 2005


3 Comments so far

  1. him (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2005 @ 6:22 pm

    “head-scratchingly silly” is the national slogan, isn’t it? :D

  2. Cog (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2005 @ 10:32 pm

    Two quick reasons for the “quirky” polling methodology…
    1) Candidates will attempt to mislead voters by using polls for their own political gain; and
    2) to prevent the polling results from swaying votes. Of course, this assumes that a large percentage of the Thai mentality mimics those of the bovine cud-chewing masses…sheep to the slaughter…lemmings over the cliff…
    The Thais have spoken, we petition a vote of no confidence in ourselves!

    (my take on the matter)

  3. Cog (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2005 @ 11:02 pm

    Trivial point: Exit polls were banned in the recent BKK “goober”natorial race.

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