The Democrat Party and its candidate for governor must improve their campaign strategy or face the prospect of defeat in the March 3 poll, Noppadon Kannika, director of Abac Poll at Assumption University says.
Pol GenPongsapat Pongcharoen, the Pheu Thai Party’s candidate in the Bangkok governor race, spoon-feeds an elderlywomanduring a campaign stop at the Bang KhaeHome for the Elderly yesterday. APICHART JINAKUL
Mr Noppadon said the party and its candidate MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra are likely to lose unless they reach out to voters.
He was commenting on the latest Abac opinion poll, which puts Pheu Thai Party candidate Pongsapat Pongcharoen ahead of the pack on all measures gauging the popularity of candidates. The Abac poll surveyed 1,766 voters door-to-door in Bangkok on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Pol Gen Pongsapat was the candidate with the most popular personality and appealing behaviour in the eyes of voters, polling 43.6% support, followed by MR Sukhumbhand on 36.6%, the pollster said.
Capt Metta Temchamnan,an independent candidate contesting theBangkokgovernor election, wipessweat from his face in the heat of the afternoon as he meets voters at a Tesco Lotus outlet inBang Khaedistrict. TAWATCHAI KEMGUMNERD
A total of 15.6% of respondents voted for former national police chief Pol Gen Sereepisut Temeeyaves, and the rest backed other candidates.
Asked to name the most competent and knowledgeable candidate, 45.2% pointed to Pol Gen Pongsapat, 36.5% said MR Sukhumbhand, 15.3% supported Pol Gen Sereepisut, and 3% backed other candidates.
Pol Gen Pongsapat was also deemed to be running the best campaign, supported by 42% of respondents, followed by MR Sukhumbhand with 35.8%, Pol Gen Sereepisut on 14.6%, and other candidates with 7.6%.
Asked which candidate's policy would best deal with rising living costs in the capital, 43.1% pointed to Pol Gen Pongsapat, 38% favoured MR Sukhumbhand, 14.9% voted for Pol Gen Sereepisut, while 4% named other candidates.
Pol Gen Pongsapat is also best able to deal with traffic congestion, according to 44.7% of respondents. MR Sukhumbhand ranked second-best with 32.3%, followed by Pol Gen Sereepisut with 15.8% and other candidates with 7.2%.
Asked which candidate they would vote for if the election was held today, 41.8% said Pol Gen Pongsapat, 37.6% said MR Sukhumbhand, and 14.5% named Pol Gen Sereepisut.
Abac Poll said the popularity of Pol Gen Pongsapat rose by 9.7% from the 32.1% polled in its previous survey before candidacy application day. The popularity of MR Sukhumbhand increased from the previous poll by 5.9%.
Abac Poll said respondents decided to support Pol Gen Pongsapat because they wanted to give a newcomer the chance to settle the capital's most pressing problems. Bangkok has 4,333,157 eligible voters, city clerk Ninnart Chalitanon said.
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