By Thai Newsroom Reporters
THE POPULARITY RATING OF the Pheu Thai has exponentially declined due to a surprise about-face conducted by the post-election government’s core party under de facto boss Thaksin Shinawatra, according to the latest opinion poll of Sripatum University.
The Sripatum Poll, recently conducted among a total of 1,253 constituents from all walks of life in all regions of the country, has found the Pheu Thai popularity rating drop to only 10%, compared to the Move Forward’s 49%.
That was primarily attributed to post-election developments in which Thaksin’s camp had taken a surprise u-turn from their original coalition partners headed by the Move Forward to bring other parties which had earlier stayed on the other end of the country’s political spectrum into the Pheu Thai-led bandwagon, according to the Sripatum Poll.
All leading Pheu Thai figures including Thaksin’s daughter Paetongtarn Shinawatra and newly-voted Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin had earlier vowed during their nationwide electoral campaign to never deal with “uncles’ camps” in bid to set up a coalition government.
That referred to the Palang Pracharath led by Prawit “Uncle Pom” Wongsuwan and the Ruam Thai Sang Chart under de facto party boss Prayut “Uncle Tu” Chan-o-cha, both of which have eventually become partners in the Pheu Thai-led coalition government.
Meanwhile, the current popularity rating of the second largest coalition partner, the Bhumjaithai under de facto party boss Newin Chidchob, was reported at 14% while that of “Uncle Pom’s” and “Uncle Tu’s” camps, being the third and fourth largest coalition partner respectively, was reported at 7% each, the poll says.
The poll has also found 51% of the respondents say they will no longer vote for the Pheu Thai in both constituency-based and party-listed modes in the next general election and prefer the Move Forward instead whilst 11% says they will no longer vote for Thaksin’s camp and prefer any unnamed parties other than the Pheu Thai or Move Forward.
Top: Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, right, with Ruam Thai Sang Chart de facto party boss Prayut Chan-o-cha. Photo: Thai Rath
Front Page: Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin with Pheu Thai de facto boss Thaksin Shinawatrs. Photo: Matichon