The ABAC Poll surveyed the opinions of 2,102 people in 17 provinces about the upcoming Buddhist holiday and which individual the public thought should be the role model in terms of virtue. The survey found that 66.4% of respondents were able to correctly mark Asalha Puja Day as falling on July 22 this year. However, 74.2% of those surveyed were unaware of the significance of the major Buddhist holiday.
Asked to name a politician who could be a role model in terms of virtues and ethics, 41.7% chose Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. 31.6% picked opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, and 18.4% selected Agriculture Minister Yukhon Limlaemthong.
Asked to identify a civil servant who could be a role model for virtues and ethics, 44.8% chose Army Commander-in-Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha. 27.8% selected DSI Director-General Tharit Phengdit, 12.3% opted for Royal Thai Police Commissioner Adul Saengsingkaew, and 11% chose Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary Ariphong Phucha-um.
Asked to choose a respectable senior figure in society they thought should be a role model for virtues and ethics, 41.2% chose Privy Council chairman General Prem Tinsulanonda. 23% selected former prime minister Chuan Leekphai, 15.1% selected former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and 7.9% chose former prime minister Anan Panyarachun.