By Thai Newsroom Reporters
MOST PROSPECTIVE VOTERS nationwide have still preferred the Pheu Thai Party as their top choice for government after an upcoming general election, according to the latest NIDA Poll.
The NIDA Poll, conducted earlier this month among a total of 2,000 voters from all walks of life, in all electorally eligible ages and in all regions of the country, has found an average of 49% of the respondents prefer Pheu Thai candidates running for MP in both party-listed and constituency-based modes the most, followed by about 17% who have picked Move Forward contestants and about 12% who have opted for Ruam Thai Sang Chart contenders.
Meanwhile, the latest NIDA Poll has found 38.20% of the respondents still prefer Pheu Thai partisan contestant for prime minister Paetongtarn Shinawatra the most. She is the youngest daughter of deposed prime minister/de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra who has been living in self-exile abroad following the 2006 coup and desperately longing for a homecoming.
That compared to 15.75% of the respondents who have preferred Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat for head of a post-election government and 15.65% who have picked Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who is contesting to retain power under the Ruam Thai Sang Chart tickets.
Nevertheless, it remains to be seen who among a Pheu Thai trio vying for prime minister, including real estate tycoon Settha Taweesin, viewed as personally close to former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the other unconfirmed candidate and Paetongtarn, will finally be named the No. 1 partisan contender.
Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra canvassing for votes, alone in above image, and with Srettha Thaweesin in the Front Page image. Above photo: Thai Rath, Front Page photo: Matichon
Insert: Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat drumming up support recently. Photo: Matichon