Almost 50 per cent of Thai people believe that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is a politician who could be an ethical role model, according to a recent survey by the Abac Poll.
The survey was conducted among 2,102 respondents in 17 provinces between July 14 and July 17. It focused on Asarnha Bucha Day and ethical role models.
Of those polled, 41.7 per cent named Prime Minister and Defence Minister Yingluck Shinawatra as a role-model politicians when it came to virtues and morality. Coming next on the list was Opposition Leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, who won the trust of 31.6 per cent of respondents, and Minister of Agriculture and Co-operatives Yukol Limlamthong, who was also a role model, according to 18.4 per cent respondents.
Among government officials, some 44.8 per cent named Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha as a role model. Next was the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdith with 27.8 per cent of support, National Police chief Pol General Adul Saengsingkaew with 12.3 per cent, and the Finance Ministry’s permanent secretary Areepong Bhoocha-oom with 11 per cent support.
On respectable figures in the society, 41.2 per cent said Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanonda was an ethical role model. Democrat chief adviser Chuan Leekpai came second with the trust of 23 per cent of respondents. Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra won the trust from 15.1 per cent of respondents, while former prime minister Anand Panyarachun received 7.9 per cent and Chai Pattana Foundation secretary general Sumet Tantivejkul 7.1 per cent.
When asked about what they intended to do on Asarnha Bucha Day (which falls on a Monday this year), 84.3 per cent said they would make merit, 62.4 per cent planned to visit temples, and 40.4 per cent said they would join a traditional candle-lit procession.
The survey also detected some concerns among the public, with 75.2 per cent of respondents believing that the country’s moral standards had declined. Only 17.2 per cent were convinced that the situation remained the same, while a mere 7.6 per cent believed moral standards had improved.