Yingluck fares better than Abhisit on wage rises: Survey

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BANGKOK, Feb 3 – The Pheu Thai-led Yingluck administration scored higher on its wage rise policy, but took second place when compared to the previous government on cabinet appointments, according to an opinion poll released on Friday.

However neither government achieved a 50 per cent level of approval in any category.

The survey was conducted by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University among 2,163 people across the country from Jan 28-Feb 2, assessing the two governments’ performances after the current administration has held office for six months.

The rise to a Bt15,000 monthly salary for university graduates and a minimum wage of Bt300/day for workers won approval of 43 per cent of respondents, counted as a better performance by the current government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, followed by drug suppression at 34 per cent and international trade and investment at 21 per cent.

The Yingluck administration took second place to the previous government of Democrat Party prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on cabinet appointments, rising oil prices and the rice price guarantee scheme. Those surveyed rated the issues at 39, 34 and 26 per cent respectively.

Equal performances were registered by both governments in supporting education policy at 42 per cent, attentiveness to the public at 31 per cent, and the policy of free public utilities — water, electricity and transportation– at 25 per cent.

Meanwhile, those surveyed viewed efforts to solve political conflicts (37 per cent), southern violence (33 per cent), and fight against corruption (29 per cent) as both administrations’ evenly poor performances.