ABAC Poll: Purachai most suitable as next PM contender


BANGKOK, 19 March 2011 (NNT) – Former Deputy Prime Minister Police Captain Purachai Piumsombun is seen as the most suitable person to contend for the position of prime minister vis-à-vis Mr Abhisit Vejjajiva, according to a recent survey by the Assumption University Research Center (ABAC Poll). 

The survey was conducted with 2,154 respondents in Bangkok from 15 to 17 March 2011. The respondents were asked for their opinions regarding an appropriate contender to compete with incumbent Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

41.2% of the respondents named Police Captain Purachai. Former Public Health Minister Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan and ex-Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai followed with an equal score of 38.4%.

In addition, 35.2% and 34.7% of the respondents chose incumbent Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij and former Deputy Prime Minister Mingkwan Saengsuwan, now the opposition’s censure debate team leader, respectively.

Regarding priority problems that they wanted the new government to solve, 72.3% of the respondents raised economic troubles and expensive product prices. 15.4% of the respondents mentioned the unity of people in the nation. Others cited unemployment and national security along the border.

Asked for the desirable quality of leaders and executives of new political parties, 65.4% of the respondents wanted them to be honest and sincere. 15.8% indicated that they must have knowledge and capabilities while 15.5% said they must uphold laws and justice.