Poll: Govt’s popularity down in NE
The government's popularity dropped in the third quarter of the year to its lowest point in two years, according to a quarterly survey of the government’s performance released by E-Saan Poll on Friday.
- Published: 4/10/2013 at 01:06 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
However, despite its falling popularity, most respondents would still vote for the ruling Pheu Thai Party in the next election, the E-Saan Centre for Business and Economic Research at Khon Kaen University, or E-Saan Poll, reported.
The pollster based its conclusions on interviews with 1,310 people in 20 provinces of the Northeast between Sept 28 and Oct 3.
The provinces are Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Mahasarakham, Roi Et, Kalasin, Nongkhai, Chaiyaphum, Loei, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Bua Lamphu, Surin, Buri Ram, Si Sa Ket, Sakon Nakhon, Mukdahan, Yasothon, Amnatcharoen and Buengkhan.
A total of 64.4% of respondents gave a pass grade for the government’s overall performance, but 35.6% disagreed, E-Saan Poll said.
On politics and democratic development, 59.4% said the government had done a good job, but 40.6% disagreed.
The government received a pass grade for handling of economic problems and people’s living standards from 51.7% of polled people, but 48.3% said it failed the test.
On social, crime and drugs issues, 52.2% gave the government a pass grade, but 47.8% disagreed.
The government received a pass mark from 52.5% of respondents for its handling of environmental, pollution and natural disaster problems, with 47.5% giving it a failed grade; its highest mark, 73.3% for foreign affairs, with 25.7% marking it down; and its lowest grade of 49.3%, with 50.7% giving it a fail, for suppression of corruption.
Asked which party they would vote for in the next general election, 44.3% said the Pheu Thai Party, 36.7% had not yet made a decision and only 8.9% pointed to the Democrat Party, while 8.9% would not support any party and 1.2% would back other parties.
On the performance of the opposition parties, 69.8% of respondents said they failed, given that they had just opposed all projects of the government without reasonable reasons, just watched for mistakes by the government and achieved nothing.
However, 30.2% thought otherwise, saying the opposition had performed its duty well in monitoring the government’s work and preventing corruption in the government’s development projects.
Chief of E-Saan Poll Suthin Thianwiwat said the government received lower grades for its performance in the third quarter after the country was hit by drought and floods.
Even though the Yingluck Shinawatra administration had successfully acted against drug problems, it failed to resolve economic problems, particularly the slowdown in the economy and the high cost of living, and therefore it received lower grades for these criteria than in the previous two quarters, he said.
Mr Suthin said the survey in the third quarter showed that Pheu Thai still receives strong support from people in the Northeast and would be victorious in an election, even though its popularity had dropped somewhat.
The opposition also received less support from people in the region. This showed that both the government and the opposition parties have to lift their game if they want to improve their popularity, he added.
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