Poll: Isan people back PM, P.Thai
- Published: 30/10/2012 at 04:00 PM
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Most people polled in the northeastern region have given the government a pass mark in the exam and will back the Pheu Thai Party in the next general election, according to E-Saan Poll.
The E-Saan Centre for Business and Economic Research (ECBER) at Khon Kaen University conducted a survey on on the government’s performance from Oct 26-29.
The pollsters interviewed 1,209 people in the northeastern provinces of Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Mahasarakham, Roi Et, Kalasin, Nong Khai, Chaiyaphum, Loei, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Bua Lamphu, Surin, Buri Ram, Si Sa Ket, Sakon Nakhon, Mukdahan, Yasothon, Amnatcharoen and Bueng Khan.
Suthin Wianvivat, director of E-Saan Poll, said most respondents agreed that the Pheu Thai-led coalition administration had passed the examination in most aspects, except in the field of solving economic problems and the high cost of living.
He said 81% of the respondents voted in support of the government’s overall outlook performance over the past two months,. Only 19% of them disagreed.
A total of 69.1% of the polled people said the government had done well in the aspects of politics and democratic development, but 30.9% of them disgreed.
On the problems of social issues, crime and illegal drugs 67.2% said the government had done a good job, 32.8% disagreed.
Some 67% of them praised the government for its performance on environment protection and natural disaster prevention, the rest disagreed.
As many as 84% of the respondents said the government had successfully implement its foreign policy, but 16% disapproved.
Only the economic and high cost of living problems failed to pass the exam, receiving only 46.8% support from respondents, while 53.2% of them felt the government had failed the test.
Questioned on which political parties the respondents would vote for in the next general election, 53.7% of them pointed to Pheu Thai, 29.8% had not yet made a decision, 9.7% backed the Democrat Party and 6.6% would not support any party.
On the opposition side, 54.3% of the respondents said the Democrats and other opposition camps failed to pass the examination. They reasoned that the opposition opposed all policies of the government without justification.
They viewed the opposition as unreliable, said it created social division and defamed the government.
However, 45.7% of them approved the opposition's performance, given that they had substantial evidence in criticising the government and had performed their duty well while in opposition.
Asked about most outstanding politicians in their minds, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra topped the list, getting support from 56.2% of the polled people.
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung ranked second, with 11.8% support from the respondents, followed by Democrat Leader Abhisit Vejjajiva (8.2%) and Chuwit Kamolvisit, leader of Love Thailand Party (3.7%).
Asked who should replace Yongyuth Wichaidit, who resigned as Pheu Thai leader, 47.7% of the respondents said Ms Yingluck, followed by Mr Chalerm (15.5%), Jaturon Chaisaeng (9.8%), former national police chief Pol Gen Priewpan Damapong (9.3%) and Jatuporn Prompan (6.1%).
Charupong Ruangsuwan, who was today voted in unopposed as the the new permanent party leader, got only 1.8% support from the respondents.
The problems that people wanted the government to rapidly resolve most were economic issues, high cost of living, low prices of agricultural products, rising oil prices, farm debt, illegal drugs, political conflict, corruption and southern unrest.
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