After its first month in power, General Prayuth coup leader, leads the poll as a favorite Prime minister as 41.3 percent of the 1,259 respondents polled by Nida Poll said they want General Prayuth Chan-ocha to be the next prime minister.
The opinion poll which was conducted during June 2021 by the National Institute of Development Administration or Nida also showed that 8.50 percent favoured former prime minister Anand Panyarachun followed by 2.38 percent for Dr Suin Pitsuwan, former secretary-general of ASEAN, 1.43 percent for former Bank of Thailand governor M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula and 1.19 percent for former deputy prime minister Dr Somkid Chatusripitak.
5.24 percent proposed that otherpeople shoud be appointed prime minister namely privy councillor Palakorn Sawannarat, General Prawit Wongsuwan, Dr Kasem Wattanachai, Dr Surakiat Sathirathai, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Ms Yingluck Shinawatra, Mr Suthep Thaugsuban, Mr Abhisit Vejjajiva, Dr Purachai Piamsomboon, Dr Chadchart Sitthiphant, Mr Chuwit Kamolvisit, Mr Chuan Leekpai and General Surayud Chulanont.
3.10 percent of the respondent said that anyone who is honest and capable to address the country’s problems and who is elected should be the prime minister.10.33 percent said that they didn’t think anyone is qualified to be the prime minister right now.Of the 1,259 people polled, 24.17 percent of them finished primary education level; 29.41 percent completed secondary education level; 10.25 percent finished diploma level and 32.3 percent finished university education and 4.13 percent finished post graduate study.
But is Pax Prayuth sustainable ?
After long period of constant disorders and demonstrations in Bangkok, many people are satisfied with the absence of street protests and political violence that continued for several months before the coup. Others are happy with the NCPO’s crackdown on weapons.
Just a month after the May 22 coup, the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has managed to win support of different groups with essentially populist policies that aim to “return happiness to the people”.
Some 800,000 rice farmers were quickly paid the Bt90 billion owed to them by the ousted government, while live broadcasts of all World Cup football matches on free-to-air TV have also proved a hit.
The latest opinion survey showed that the NCPO’s five most impressive actions were :
- repaying farmer debts under the rice-pledging scheme
- the crackdown on illegal weapons, drugs, gambling and influential figures
- the reduction of the cost of living, including capping gas and oil prices
- the investigation into the transparency of state enterprise boards
- structural reform of the energy sector.
Sukhum Chaleysab, from Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, said previous governments had failed to solve these problems and their solutions were hampered by the fact that those behind such vices were politicians.
“The NCPO should make sure that the mafia figures are punished, even if they have connections with politicians or men in uniform,” he said to The Nation.