Pongsapat continues to lead in polls

Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen of the Pheu Thai Party continues to be voters' first choice in the March 3 Bangkok governor election, Suan Dusit Poll reported on Thursday.

  • Published: 7/02/2013 at 11:40 AM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

Pollsters at Suan Dusit Rajabhat University said opinions were sought from 3,410 eligible voters in all 50 districts of Bangkok between Feb 2 and Feb 6, 2013.

Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)

Asked which candidate they would vote for on election day, 42.59% chose Pol Gen Pongsapat and 34.31% picked his Democrat rival, former governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra.

Only 6.38%  said they would vote for former national police chief Pol Gen Sereepisut Temeeyaves of the Palang Krungthep (Bangkok Power) group.

The remainder supported other independent candidates, Suharit Siamwalla (0.77%), Kosit Suvinitjit (0.58%), Smith Smithinant (0.12%), and Sanhapoj Suksrimuang (0.06%).

The most popular policy was the promise to ease traffic congestion in Bangkok made by candidate No 9 (Pol Gen Pongsapat), with  22.25%, followed by the drug suppression policy of the No 9 candidate (22.01%).

The flood prevention policy of No 16 candidate (MR Sukhumbhand) was third, supported by 21.29% of the respondents, and the policy to lower the high cost of living of the No 9 candidate was fourth (19.14%), with the policy on allowance payments for elderly people of the No 16 candidate was ranked fifth (15.31%).

Questioned about policies that could actual materialise, 25.78% of the polled people said drug suppression (of the No 9 candidate), 25.06% of them pointed to remedies for high living costs (of No 9), 18.55% chose the building of six giant flood tunnels (of No 16), 15.42% backed the policy to keep Bangkok clean (of No 9), and 15.19% supported the electric train routes extension plan (of No 16).

On policies that respondents thought were not realistic, or very difficult to put into effect, 58.72% said solving traffic congestion (of No 9), 17.44% pointed to flood prevention (of No 16), 9.93% said free bus and boat rides (of No 9), 7.73% said economic stability (of No 9), and 6.18% said security and installing more CCTV cameras (of No 16).

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