Sunday, October 25, 2009

Poll: People prefer Thaksin as PM

Published: 25/10/2009

(Posted by CAAI News Media)

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra took the lead in the latest poll by Abac of Assumption University as more people preferred him to run the country than Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

The pollsters asked more than 4,000 people in 27 provinces on the person they want to lead the government and found that 25.0 per cent of the respondents supported Thaksin, while 21.6 per cent backed Mr Abhisit.

Most of Thaksin’s supporters are people in the North and Norteast, Abac poll reported on Sunday.

More importantly, as high as 53.4 per cent of them said they were impartial giving no support to both Thaksin and Mr Abhisit.

Some 92.1 per cent of the samples did not want to see violent political activities, while 90.8 per cent did not want protesters to close streets as they faced hardships.

Asked about the recent trip to Cambodia by chairman of the opposition Puea Thai Party Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyuth, 42.9 per cent of the respondents backed the move saying it was a good intention of Gen Chavalit to help clear up dispute with the neighbouring country, while 40.2 per cent disagreed as it could escalate the two countries’ conflict.

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