BANGKOK, 26 August 2011 – People have rated the performance of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in the recent policy debate slightly higher than Opposition Leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, according to a recent survey by Sripatum Poll of Sripatum University.
Sripatum Poll Director Assoc Prof Somchai Srisutthiyakorn reported that the survey was conducted with 817 respondents in 40 provinces on the recently televised policy statement deliberation. Ms Yingluck was given 6.625 points out of 10 while Mr Abhisit got 6.486 points.
As for the performance of Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranont, the respondents gave him 6.557 points. Regarding the abrupt adjournment of the joint sitting following the lack of quorum on the night of 24 August, 62.6% of the respondents blamed the government while 37.4% blamed the opposition.
As for MPs in the lime light during the debate, Deputy Prime Minister Police Captain Chalerm Yubumrung got 22.2%, followed by Mr Abhisit at 21.9%, Rak Thailand Party Leader Chuvit Kamolvisit at 21.3%, Ms Yingluck at 13.6% and Democrat Chief Advisor Chuan Leekpai at 4.8%.
On the overall popularity between the government and the opposition in the policy debate, the government side received 50.3% while the opposition got 49.7%.