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Paetongtarn still most popular for PM: NIDA Poll


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

PAETONGTARN SHINAWATRA, daughter of de facto Pheu Thai boss Thaksin Shinawatra, has remained the most popular contestant for prime minister after the May 14 general election, according to results of a second round of the NIDA Poll released today (Apr.16).

The second round of the NIDA Poll, conducted earlier this month among a total of 2,000 people from all walks of life nationwide, has found 35.70% of the respondents preferring Paetongtarn for prime minister, followed by 20.25% who has picked Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat and 13.60% who has opted for caretaker prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who is running under the Ruam Thai Sang Chart tickets.

According to the latest NIDA Poll, only 6.05% of the respondents has selected Settha Taweesin, a Pheu Thai running mate alongside Paetongtarn, 4.15% has opted for Thai Sang Thai leader Sudarat Keyurapan and 3.45% has picked Thai Liberal leader Seripisut Temiyavej for head of a post-election government.

Other partisan candidates for prime minister have been given a relatively few percentage of popularity, according to the NIDA Poll.

Meanwhile, an average of 47% of the respondents has been found still preferring to vote for Pheu Thai candidates running in both constituency-based and party-listed modes, followed by an average of 21% who has opted for Move Forward contestants in both electoral modes and an average of 11% who has picked Ruam Thai Sang Chart contenders whilst those vying under the banners of other contesting parties have been given a relatively few percentage of popularity, according to the poll.


Patongtarn Shinawatra campaigning recently, above, and with her father Thaksin Shinawatra, Front Page. Both photos: Thai Rath

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