Spare Yingluck from doomsday, 32% of Thais plead
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is the politician most Thais would like to see survive "doomsday" - which some people fear will arrive tomorrow due to ancient predictions made by the Mayan people of Central America - Suan Dusit Poll said yesterday.
The pollster surveyed 1,461 people between Wednesday last week and Tuesday.
Respondents hoped the following political figures would survive, in descending order of popularity: Yingluck (32.35 per cent); Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva (19.48 per cent); former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra (12.86 per cent); Democrat chief adviser Chuan Leekpai (10.66 per cent); Rak Thailand Party leader Chuwit Kamolwisit (9.92 per cent); Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung (9.19 per cent); and Chart Thai Pattana de facto leader Banharn Silapa-Archa (5.54 per cent).
Some 8.57 per cent of respondents said the prediction was merely a rumour spread to scare people, while 7.81 per cent said they believed a natural phenomenon relating to the solar system would occur.
Asked, "Do you believe the world will end this Friday?" 92.45 per cent of respondents said no; 6.46 per cent said they "half-believed" it, thinking some event would occur to change the solar system but that it was unlikely to bring the end of the world.
Meanwhile, 1.09 per cent believed doomsday was upon us, because the Mayan people, who were experts in astronomy, identified it as the date of the end of the world.
Some 58.04 per cent said they would pray to be reborn into their old family in the next life; 31.16 per cent would pray that they would survive tomorrow and help to restore the world; and 10.80 per cent prayed that the Earth would survive and that there would be peace in the world.