Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban are the female and male politicians people would most like to have a water fight with during Songkran, a Suan Dusit Poll has found.
The poll, conducted on 1,514 people from April 8-11, also found that the most popular places to celebrate Songkran were Khao San Road and Silom in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya and Chon Buri.
Well over half (67 per cent) said this Songkran would be as much fun as the previous year while 25 per cent expected it to be better.
When asked what male politician they would most like to have a water fight with, 46 per cent named Suthep, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee secretary-general, followed by Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva (41 per cent) and former premier Thaksin Shinawatra (13 per cent).
In the female politician category, 75 per cent said Yingluck followed by Pavena Hongsakul (18 per cent) and Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan (7 per cent).
Asked if the political conflict would affect the Songkran Festival, 65 per cent of the respondents said it would, including affecting the general atmosphere, people’s mentality and feeling of safety as well as the economy, while 35 per cent said it would not.