Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai Party is leading the ruling Democrat Party both in the party-list and Bangkok’s 21 constituencies, according to a latest opinion poll, with 44 per cent of people still undecided on which party they are going to vote for.
Bangkok Poll conducted a survey of 3,323 respondents from June 2-9.
Some 33.6 per cent of Bangkokians said they would vote for Pheu Thai in the party-list system, an increase of 7.8 per cent compared to a survey conducted on May 20-22, while 17.1 per cent said they would vote for the Democrats, an increase of 2.4 per cent. Another 3.2 per cent maintained they would vote for Love Thailand, an increase of 1.2 per cent. Some 44.1 per cent were undecided.
As for the constituency system, 33.8 per cent would vote for Pheu Thai, an increase of 7.5 per cent compared to a survey on May 20-22, some 17.6 per cent would vote for the Democrats, an increase of 2.4 per cent, 1.3 per cent would vote for Rak Santi, the same as the previous survey, and 46.4 per cent were undecided.
Pheu Thai leads in constituencies 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 23, 26, 27, 29, 32 and 33.
The Democrats lead in constituencies 1, 2, 15, 19, 22 and 30. The two parties share almost same scores in six constituencies: 6, 9, 21, 25, 28 and 31.
Yingluck Shinawatra, the prime ministerial candidate of the opposition party, still leads incumbent PM Abhisit Vejjajiva as the most favourite PM candidate with a backing of 42.6 per cent, an increase of 15.7 per cent, followed by Abhisit, 23.6 per cent, an increase of 6.2 per cent, Purachai Piumsomboon 3.9 per cent, an increase of one per cent and Chuwit Kamolwisit 2.4 per cent, a drop of 1.2 per cent. Some 27.5 per cent were undecided.
Meanwhile, Dusit Poll surveyed 1,556 people from June 8-11 on what kind of election campaign they wanted most. Of the total, 31.41 per cent said they wanted MP candidates to come up with clear policies on how they could improve the well-being of people, 28.2 per cent wanted to know how MP candidates would manage community development and 25 per cent sought more information on educational and security policies.
Regarding what the respondents do not want to hear from MP candidates during their campaigns, 38.1 per cent said mudslinging, 34.8 per cent said lies and allegations without evidence, 16.2 per cent said exaggeration of qualifications.