Much was made last week of a couple of opinion polls that showed the coup authorities in general, no pun intended, and the head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) in particular are pretty popular guys right now. "Guys" because a glass ceiling is part of the new administration.
In other words, memories are pretty short. The political honeymoon is a universal event. Almost four years ago, you were reading in this newspaper about how Yingluck Shinawatra had a 73% approval rating after a month in office. In 2006, the coup leader Sonthi Boonyaratglin piled up a popularity rating of 84%, and was so embarrassed he promptly banned the publication of political polls.
A week ago, the Suan Dusit Poll reported that 72.7% of those it questioned nationwide thought that because of the coup "the country has a better atmosphere". A second survey by the Nida Poll gave Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha 41.3% of a mythical vote for prime minister, with no other person in the country getting 10%. That’s better than Ms Yingluck polled, and almost as high as Thaksin when he swept the country in 2005 - an election that now causes people to literally weep in buyer's remorse.
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