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Thai PM's popularity drops: poll

English.news.cn   2013-06-22 16:53:30            

BANGKOK, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Pollster revealed on Saturday that Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's popularity has plunged, as well as opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva's.

The Research Centre at Bangkok University, the compiler of Bangkok Poll, said on Saturday that the latest results were based on interviews with 1,234 people aged 18 years and over nationwide between June 18 and 20.

Asked who they would support if a general election took place now, about 40 percent of the respondents chose Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and 31.7 percent backed opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva. The remaining almost 30 percent were undecided.

The premier's popularity is down 10.8 percentage points from 51. 2 percent reported in November 2012, while Abhisit's score fell 1. 4 points from 33.1 percent, the pollster revealed.

Asked whether they believed the government would stay in office until its four-year term ends in mid-2015, 55.4 percent of respondents said they believed so. Another 13.9 percent said the government would stay more than three years but not the full term, 10.6 percent said more than two years but not three years.

41 percent of the respondents said if the election took place today they would back the ruling Pheu Thai party, while 32.4 percent backed the opposition-led Democrats party.

Editor: Luan
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