Bangkok voters say the failure of candidates to keep campaign promises was their biggest source of disappointment in past city governor elections, Abac Poll has found.
Asked about disappointments in past city polls, 46.8% pointed to failures to fulfil campaign pledges, while 11.8% said policies were not effectively implemented, 7.8% cited corruption, and 6.9% felt let down by delays in assistance, including compensation for victims of the 2011 floods.
When asked what they were pleased about regarding governor elections, 18.7% said they were pleased with election preparations, while 18.2% said they were happy with policy implementation. Another 8.1% said they were happy with the development of Bangkok, while 8% pointed to flood prevention measures, 7.9% cited mass transportation development, and 6.9% said cooperation with residents in area development was satisfactory.
The survey was conducted among 3,631 respondents between Feb 8 and Friday.
When asked what policies they want to see implemented after the March 3 election, 22.5% of the respondents said solutions to traffic and transportation issues. About 12.5% said they wanted the rising cost of living addressed, while 8.2% said the drugs problem must be tackled, 5.6% said waste and water pollution should be addressed and 4.3% said they wanted to see improvements to personal and property security.
In another survey, Nida Poll found that people believed the results of opinion polls on the governor race were reliable.
About 52.4% of respondents rated the public surveys as moderately reliable.
Another 19.07% said the polls were highly reliable, while 17.6% said they were slightly reliable, and 10.93% saw them as unreliable.
However, 39% believed that pollsters were being interfered with by politicians to the point that they were commissioned to conduct the polls.
Nida Poll also reported that 70.8% of respondents believed that the poll results would not influence voters' decisions.
The survey polled 1,500 people on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday voiced concerns about the possibility of political mudslinging during the last leg of the Bangkok election campaign.
He said accusations had already started to fly regarding the Department of Special Investigation's probe into a four million baht project to build 396 new police stations.
Mr Abhisit said the DSI had singled him out along with his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban while defending Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen, the Pheu Thai Party's governor candidate.
The Democrats claimed that Pol Gen Pongsapat also gave his approval in 2010 for the project to be awarded to PCC Development and Construction Co Ltd.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday called on political rivals to refrain from mudslinging.
She said that voters would rather hear about policies than scandals.
The prime minister yesterday joined Pol Gen Pongsapat on the campaign trail in the Bang Sue area.