MONDAY, April 15, 2024

Paetongtarn trounces all rivals for PM in Ubon Ratchathani poll

Paetongtarn trounces all rivals for PM in Ubon Ratchathani poll

Paetongtarn Shinawatra once again left incumbent PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha – and all other rivals – in the dust in a survey of voters’ preferred candidate for prime minister, outranking him by a margin of four to one among the 1,100 eligible voters surveyed in the province of Ubon Ratchathani.

The Pheu Thai candidate was named the top choice for premier by 45.55% of respondents in the northeastern province, while Prayut was selected by a mere 10.82% in the telephone survey conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida) from March 27 to 30.

A second Pheu Thai candidate for prime minister, former property tycoon Srettha Thavisin, ranked fourth in the Nida poll with the support of 7.45% of respondents.

Thailand’s largest political party was also the first pick for both constituency and party-list elections, with more than 60% support, according to the results of the poll released by Nida on Sunday. The party offering Prayut as its PM candidate, United Thai Nation, was unable to surpass single-digit support.

The Northeast is one of Pheu Thai’s strongholds. It was also a stronghold of Pheu Thai’s predecessor, Thai Rak Thai, which was formed by Paetongtarn’s father, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra who lives in self-imposed exile.

Top five choices for PM:

• 45.55%: Paetongtarn

• 12.18%: Pita Limjaroenrat, Move Forward Party leader

• 10.82%: Prayut

• 7.45%: Srettha Thavisin, Pheu Thai’s second PM candidate

• 7.09%: Sudarat Keyuraphan, Thai Sang Thai Party leader

Top five parties for constituency MPs:

• 62.27%: Pheu Thai

• 12.55%: Move Forward

• 7.18%: United Thai Nation

• 4.09%: Thai Sang Thai

• 3.82%: Democrat

Top 5 parties for party-list MPs:

• 61.36%: Pheu Thai

• 12.91%: Move Forward

• 8.09%: United Thai Nation

• 4.09%: Thai Sang Thai

• 3.73%: Donegal Democrat