Poll: Pongsapat draws ahead in race

Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen of the Pheu Thai Party is increasing his lead in opinion polls in the race to the March 3 Bangkok governor election, Suan Dusit Poll reported on Friday.

The gap between Pol Gen Pongsapat and his main rival, former Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra of the Democrat Party, had widened from a 4.88% lead at the second curve in the race to 9.91% in the latest survey, the pollster reported.

The pollster at Suan Dusit Rajabhat University said opinions were sought from 3,198 eligible voters in all 50 districts of Bangkok between Feb 9 and Feb 13.

Asked which of the top five candidates they would support, 44.04% chose Pol Gen Pongsapat and 34.13% picked MR Sukhumbhand.

Trailing far behind the top two were Pol Gen Sereepisut Temeeyaves with 6.09% support, Suharit Siamwalla (1.20%) and Kosit Suwinitjit (0.65%), all independent candidates.

Keeping their promises and making good on announced policies topped the list of things the respondents wanted to tell the candidates, followed by having the determination to work for Bangkokians if they were elected the next city governor, and to ensure a transparent election campaign and refrain from vote buying.

Suan Dusit Poll’s previous survey result released on Feb 2, had 41% of polled voters supporting Pol Gen Pongsapat and 36.12% backing MR Sukhumbhand.

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