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Prayuth preferred as PM, survey finds

NCPO ALSO GOT A HIGH APPROVAL RATING, IN A SEPARATE POLL, FOR ITS WORK AND HELP FOR FARMERS IN MONTH SINCE IT TOOK POWER

MOST PEOPLE surveyed by a Nida poll released yesterday want National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha to be the next prime minister, while most were satisfied with the junta's performance over its first month in power.

Of the 1,259 respondents, 41 per cent said the NCPO should nominate Prayuth to head the interim government, 8.5 per cent said former prime minister Anand Panyarachun should be nominated, 2.4 per cent preferred former Asean secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan, 1.4 per cent liked former finance minister MR Pridiyathorn Devakula and 1.2 per cent supported former deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

Some 13 others received a combined 5.2 per cent. They are Palakorn Suwannarath, General Prawit Wongsuwon, Kasem Wattanachai, Surakiart Sathirathai, Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck Shinawatra, Suthep Thaugsuban, Abhisit Vejjajiva, Purachai Piemsonboon, Chadchat Sittipunt, Chuwit Kamolvisit, Chuan Leekpai and General Surayud Chulanont.

About 3.1 per cent said they wanted a leader who was honest, competent and elected, while 10.3 per cent said no one was suitable and 26.5 per cent did not identify anyone or were uncertain.

The poll was conducted on Friday and Saturday from master, cluster and random samplings in all five regions of the countries, with a 1.4 per cent standard error.

Meanwhile, the NCPO has received 8.8 per cent on a scale of ten for its one-month job approval rating, according to Dusit Poll results released yesterday.

Of 1,614 people polled, 72.7 per cent said the NCPO had restored peace and order, 69.6 per cent said it had helped reduce the cost of living and helped farmers, 65.4 per cent said they wanted the NCPO to continue its work till the situation returned to normal.

As for what they believed is the NCPO's strength, 49 per cent answered decisiveness, swiftness and exercising its power appropriately and 32.3 per cent liked its efforts to bring about national reconciliation and activities to return happiness to the people.

Another 18.6 per cent said the NCPO's strength was its effective and consistent communications with the public.

Asked what they viewed as obstacles to the NCPO's work, 38 per cent answered opponents and 32 per cent said the council lacked expertise in running the country and might have adopted too many populist policies.

Just over 30 per cent said the council might succumb to rumours that sabotage its work, such as the rumour that triggered a mass exodus of alien workers.

About 44 per cent of respondents back the NCPO to continue its work, 34 per cent want the council to urgently combat corruption, economic problems and national divisions, 22 per cent want the council to implement reform to bring about prosperity and stability.

About 50 per cent said they were very satisfied with the NCPO's performance in restoring peace and order and swiftly attacking problems at the root causes and 39.5 per cent were quite satisfied with its performance in bringing the country back to normalcy.

Just over 5 per cent said they were not satisfied because the council only came up with short-term solutions, 4.3 per cent said they were totally dissatisfied with its performance because it acquisition of power was undemocratic and people faced being deprived of their rights and liberties.


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