Poll: Govt remains popular in Northeast
The government's approval rating has dropped a little in the Northeast, one of its major political bastions, but support in general is still very strong in the region, E-Saan Poll reported on Thursday.
- Published: 2/05/2013 at 12:10 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
The E-Saan Centre for Business and Economic Research at Khon Kaen University, or E-Saan Poll, said opinions were sought from 1,201 people in 20 provinces in the Northeast between April 27 and April 29.
The provinces are Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Mahasarakham, Roi Et, Kalasin, Nong Khai, Chaiyaphum, Loei, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Bua Lamphu, Surin, Buriram, Si Sa Ket, Sakon Nakhon, Mukdahan, Yosothon, Amnatcharoen and Buengkhan.
The centre has undertaken a government performance survey every two months since Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra took office. This was the ninth poll.
The percentage of people’s approval and disapproval of the government’s performance:
Field of work Approved Disapproved
Overall performance 76.2% 23.8%
Politics and democracy 71.9% 28.1%
Economic and people’s living 55.5% 44.5%
Social, crime and illicit drugs 54.2% 45.8%
Environment, pollution and natural disaster 68.0% 32.0%
Foreign affairs 78.2% 21.8%
Suthin Wianwiwat, director of E-Saan Poll project, said the percentage of people approving the government’s performance in various fields had dropped slightly since the last survey, in February.
Asked which political party theywould support if general election was held now, 54.7% of the respondents said the Pheu Thai Party, down from 55.4% in the last survey.
Some 22.2% of them said they had not yet made a decision, down from the previous 27.7%, 15.7% pointed to the Democrat Party, a substantial increase from the 12% of the last survey, 6.8% would not vote for any party and 0.7% said they would back some other party rather than one of the two big political camps.
On the performance of the opposition parties in monitoring the government, 62.3% of the polled people disapproved. They cited lack of efficiency in opposition, they had always disliked the opposition parties, and the opposition was too busy finding mistakes in the government.
However, 37.7% of them gave their approval, saying the opposition had done a good job in monitoring the government and trying to prevent corruption in various development projects.
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