An overwhelming majority of people want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to face the upcoming parliamentary censure debate and answer questions for herself, according to the results of an opinion poll released yesterday.
A Pheu Thai source this week said Ms Yingluck would not attend the first day of the two-day censure debate on Nov 26 because she has other engagements.
The Assumption University (Abac) poll showed that 87.4% of respondents want Ms Yingluck to attend and personally answer questions directed at her in the no-confidence debate.
The findings were revealed by Abac centre director Noppadon Kannika, who said the survey had polled 2,189 people in 17 provinces nationwide from Oct 30 to Nov 3.
Only 70.9% of respondents were aware of the upcoming censure debate, but 55.2% expected interesting information to be revealed, while 44.8% were not expecting any major revelations.
Most respondents (68.6%) did not think the censure debate will cause any change within the government.
The results of the poll also showed that 56.3% of respondents think Ms Ying-luck's leadership is improving, while 43.7% believe it is worsening.
Opposition and Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said the censure debate would provide a democratic means to examine the work of the government, and he would like Ms Yingluck to appear and answer questions during the debate.
Mr Abhisit said the opposition will address corruption in the rice pledging scheme and flood relief spending, among other topics. The Bhumjaithai and Rak Thailand parties will also join the debate.
Democrat MP Ong-art Klampaibul said Ms Yingluck should not cite an overseas trip as an excuse to avoid the debate. He asked her to attach importance to the checks and balances that he said were essential to improving the government's performance.
Mr Ong-art also urged the government to announce its first-year achievements. He said the government had been in office for one year and three months, and if the government continued to delay the announcement it could be suspected of having no achievements to boast about.
Chuvit Kamolvisit, a list MP and the leader of the Rak Thailand Party, yesterday said he would join the opposition in the censure debate against the government. Mr Chuvit said he would hold talks with the Democrats about the debate issues today. He said he would expose a new issue that would come as a "big surprise", backed by pictures, clips and important quotes.