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Pita remains top favourite for PM: NIDA poll


By Thai Newsroom Reporters

MOVE FORWARD LEADER PITA Limjaroenrat has remained as the top favourite among all partisan candidates for prime minister after the May 14 general election, according to the NIDA Poll released today (May 3).

The third round of the NIDA Poll, conducted between Apr.24 and Apr.28 with a total of 2,500 prospective voters in all walks of life and all regions of the country, has found 35.44% of the respondents preferring the Move Forward leader for prime minister after the May 14 election, followed by 29.20% who have opted for Pheu Thai candidate Paetongtarn Shinawatra, daughter of de facto party boss/deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and 14.84% who have picked caretaker prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who is contesting under the Ruam Thai Sang Chart banners.

Pita said today the sustained popularity which is keeping him as the most favoured for prime minister after the nationwide election has resulted in part from the Move Forward’s clear-cut, straightforward stands against Prayut who is seeking to retain power under the ultra-conservative Ruam Thai Sang Chart tickets and Palang Pracharath leader Prawit Wongsuwan.

The Move Forward has publicly vowed to never join ranks with either Prayut’s or Prawit’s camp, no matter which party may become core of a post-election government.

Nevertheless, the latest NIDA Poll has found 38.32% of the respondents preferring to vote for Pheu Thai candidates running for MP in constituency-based mode, compared to 33.96% who have chosen Move Forward contestants and 12.08% who have picked Ruam Thai Sang Chart contenders.

Meanwhile, 37.92% of the respondents have preferred Pheu Thai candidates vying in party-listed mode, compared to 35.36% who have opted for Move Forward contestants and 12.84% who have picked Ruam Thai Sang Chart contenders.


Move Forward leader Pita Limjaroenrat thanking voters after topping the NIDA poll released today, May 3, 2023. Top photo: Thai Rath, Front Page photo: Matichon

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