Nida Poll: It’s a neck-and-neck race
- Published: 7/02/2013 at 04:08 PM
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The March 3 Bangkok governor election is a neck-and-neck race between Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen and Sukhumbhand Paribatra, with very little separating the two leading candidates, Nida Poll said on Thursday.
The pollster at the National Institution of Development Administration (Nida) sought opinions from 1,500 eligible voters in Bangkok on the gubernatorial election between Feb 5 and Feb 6.
Asked that if the day of the survey was election day, which candidate they would vote for, 24.47% of the respondents chose Pol Gen Pongsapat of the Pheu Thai Party, while 22.87% of them backed MR Sukhumbhand of the Democrat Party.
Former national police chief Pol Gen Sereepisut Temeeyaves took third place, supported by 7.60% of the polled voters, followed by Suharit Siamwalla (1.67%), Kosit Suvinitjit (0.40%) and Sophon Pornchokechai (0.07%).
As many as 41.07% of the polled voters said they had not yet made a decision, and 1.87% said they would not vote.
According to Nida Poll, Pol Gen Pongsapat gained popularity over other candidates in Bangkok’s northern and eastern parts and Thon Buri’s northern and southern areas.
MR Sukhumbhand had more support from people in Bangkok city’s central and southern areas.
For those yet to make a decision, 83.44% of them said they would wait and see which candidate's policies they preferred, 8.60% said none of the candidates were interesting, and 1,46% would wait and watch the various polls.
Pichai Rattanadilok na Phuket of Nida said as the popularity of Pol Gen Pongsapat and MR Sukhumbhand was nearly level, the still-undecided vote would be a key factor in the selection of the next Bangkok governor.
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