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Prayut still top choice for PM, poll finds

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Prayut still top choice for PM, poll finds

By The Nation

 

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Public opinion has again named General Prayut Chan-o-cha as the most popular choice to be prime minister after the next election – but there’s doubt the political party linked to him will be a winner – according to a new poll.

 

In the Nida Poll results released on Sunday, 28.8 per cent of respondents picked the Pheu Thai Party to win the election now scheduled for February 24.

 

Most respondents have no faith that date will be honoured, however. Nearly 53 per cent said they expected another postponement. More than 45 per cent said they trusted the government on the schedule. That left 2.1 per cent unsure.

 

The Palang Pracharat Party, which plans to nominate Prayut as its prime ministerial candidate, finished second with 20.6 per cent support among poll respondents.

 

It was followed by the Democrat Party (19.6 per cent), Future Forward Party (15.5) and Seri Ruam Thai Party (4.2). 

 

Nida (the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida) polled 1,251 eligible voters age 18 and up in all regions of the country last Monday and Tuesday (September 17-18).

 

Prime Minister Prayut was the top choice to lead the post-election government, garnering 29.7 per cent of support from the respondents, it found.

 

Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, a leading candidate to become the next Pheu Thai Party leader, was second with 17.5 per cent of support.

 

She was followed by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit of the new party Future Forward (13.8 per cent), the Democrat Party’s Abhisit Vejjajiva (10.7), Seri Ruam Thai’s Seripisut Temiyavej and Pheu Thai’s Wirode Pao-in.

 

In three prior Nida surveys, Prayut always came first among the same group of possible candidates.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30355057

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He is the leader in the poll because all others have been banned from campaigning.

 

Lift the ban and watch the numbers change.

 

Doh!

 

 

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6 minutes ago, webfact said:

More than 45 per cent said they trusted the government

disturbing

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Statistics (especially under the junta) are of course meaningless and do not necessarily bear any relation to reality - as will the 'election' (really SELECTION) of Prayut as the next leader. It is all a waste of time now - unless the Thais act (nearly half of whom are said to 'trust' the junta's word about the election ) - but they won't (not in sufficient numbers, anyway).

 

Those of us who are older have to resign ourselves to living out the rest of our days under a Prayut-style 'government' in Thailand. The writing is so very clearly on the wall.

 

Oh well, the marvellous, realistically acted and intellectually challenging Thai soap operas will still be on, whatever happens. So you see - it's not all bad!

 

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18 minutes ago, Samui Bodoh said:

He is the leader in the poll because all others have been banned from campaigning.

 

Lift the ban and watch the numbers change.

 

Doh!

 

 

And of course the poll was organized by NIDA.

 

5 minutes ago, Eligius said:

Statistics (especially under the junta) are of course meaningless and do not necessarily bear any relation to reality - as will the 'election' (really SELECTION) of Prayut as the next leader. It is all a waste of time now - unless the Thais act (nearly half of whom are said to 'trust' the junta's word about the election ) - but they won't (not in sufficient numbers, anyway).

 

Those of us who are older have to resign ourselves to living out the rest of our days under a Prayut-style 'government' in Thailand. The writing is so very clearly on the wall.

 

Oh well, the marvellous, realistically acted and intellectually challenging Thai soap operas will still be one, whatever happens. So you see - it's not all bad!

That's about the sum of it.Monstrous though developments are, I feel less engaged than a few years ago: it's somewhat absurd for a foreigner to feel strongly on matters most Thais seem not to care about.It's all up to the Thai people and the remedy is in their hands. But I see no sign of other than occasional mild discontent - certainly among the Bangkok middle classes.And the whole region is moving in a direction inimical to democracy.So as you say one can always enjoy the soap operas (though I hate them).

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There are polls and statistics and other lies..   Just tell me the outcome you want.

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Prayuth is asking, 'Is this my left or my right? . . . I forget. Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is an Article 44 Magnum, the most powerful article/ice cream in the world and would blow your head clean off, you've gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?'

 

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29.7%. Hardly a landslide. Basically the poll indicates no one has a clue but the headline makes for better hype.

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Funny poll, because if he is so popular to become a PM then why are parties supporting him not popular.. the poll itself is contradicting itself.

 

Not that I have much faith in Thai polls they almost always reflect what the person who ordered them wants to show. Never seen it any other way junta or no junta.

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What the poll didn't tell you is that the percentage of top choice for PM is that he is on the decline. The last poll, he was in the 32+%. Other notable details are that Thanathorn overtake Ahbisit in the 3rd top choice. Rest are consistent with previous. Anyway, the poll is better left to be believed. 

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

according to a new poll.

where was the poll conducted? Khon Kaen or Bangkok?

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"Hello, I'm from the government, that's right, the government of General Prayut.

I'd like to ask you a question.

Who do you think should be the next Prime Minister?

Remember, I'm from the government..."

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7 minutes ago, Eric Loh said:

What the poll didn't tell you is that the percentage of top choice for PM is that he is on the decline. The last poll, he was in the 32+%. Other notable details are that Thanathorn overtake Ahbisit in the 3rd top choice. Rest are consistent with previous. Anyway, the poll is better left to be believed. 

Well spotted EL . . . you weren't an analyst in your other life, by any chance?

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19 minutes ago, Eric Loh said:

What the poll didn't tell you is that the percentage of top choice for PM is that he is on the decline. The last poll, he was in the 32+%. Other notable details are that Thanathorn overtake Ahbisit in the 3rd top choice. Rest are consistent with previous. Anyway, the poll is better left to be believed. 

What do you exactly mean with left to be believed ? Do you mean its credible ? Because if this is true then it would mean a huge loss for the PTP..  Because 28.8 is a lot lower then they ever scored.. I am not so sure about that. 

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