BANGKOK, 6 June 2011 – Public support to Pheu Thai Party prime minister candidate Yingluck Shinawatra is increasing, according to a recent survey by Assumption University Research Centre (ABAC Poll).
The survey was conducted with 2,210 respondents aged more than 18 years old in 17 provinces across the nation from 30 May to 4 June 20111. The survey was the third in its series to compare leadership image between two party leaders: Ms Yingluck of the Pheu Thai Party and Mr Abhisit Vejjajiva of the Democrat Party.
Ms Yingluck scored better in many aspects compared with the first survey. In terms of patience and emotional control her points move up from 9.7 to 31.6, gentleness from 13.0 to 37.4, domestic and international acceptance from 11.3 to 29.3, and being good example from 9.8 to 32.4.
In the aspects of generosity and leadership, her marks rose from 13.1 to 34.2 points and from 12.9 to 32.5 points respectively. Other aspects that Ms Yingluck received improving marks are competence, political ethics, vision, devotion, honesty, justice, determination, and ability and speed to solve problems. Particularly in terms of creativity, Ms Yingluck beat Mr Abhisit.
However, Mr Abhisit still received higher points than Ms Yingluck in many aspects in the latest survey. In terms of leadership Mr Abisit gained 47.7 points against 32.5 points gained by Ms Yingluck. In political ethics, the scores were 43.3 against 29.5 and in charisma Mr Abhisit earned 43.1 against 34.3 points for his no.1 rival. However, compared with the first survey, his score was relatively stagnant and tended to decrease.