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26 February 2007 :: 09:02:43 am 29699

ABAC Poll says PM Surayud‘s popularity falls

BANGKOK, Feb 25 – The popularity of Prime Minister Gen. Surayud Chulanont continues to decline, only five months after he came to power following the September 19 coup d‘etat, according to a poll conducted by ABAC.
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Noppadol Kannikar, director of Assumption University’s ABAC poll, said that the survey, conducted among 1,373 people in Bangkok February 21-24, found that Gen. Surayud’s popularity fell to 34.8 per cent compared to 39.2 per cent earlier while his ousted predecessor Thaksin Shinawatra ‘s popularity rose to 28.8 per cent from 23.8 per cent.

Although Mr. Thaksin’s popularity has edged up, 15.2 per cent of the respondents believed the former prime minister should return home from his self-exiled immediately, 26.9 per cent said he should wait for a certain period and 22 per cent said he should return home after the next general election.

Nearly two out of three respondents are unconvinced that the new constitution will be a document truly representing the public’s aspirations. The recent survey showed that 54.7 per cent of the total respondents did not believe that the new constitution now being drafted would be a genuine people’s constitution while 29.1 per cent still had strong confidence.

Almost half of the respondents — 49.4 per cent — expressed uncertainty that a general election would be held late this year as planned by the government while 36.7 per cent believed it will take place in the stated time frame.

Mr. Noppadol said the latest survey showed that Thailand would not benefit if the political situation remains unchanged, as social relations among the general public will deteriorate.

This clear indicator was seen from the survey among Bangkokians who are seen as being more influential in affecting the national future than rural populations, for example, he added.

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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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