Opinion Survey: Former Prime Minister Will Not Allow Pheu Thai Party to Win Next Elections

An opinion survey found that most Thais do not think that former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will be enough for the Pheu Thai Party to win the next general election.

The Thailand-based organization, the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), conducted the poll from April 9th to 11th and included 1,310 adult respondents 18 years of age and older.

The first question in the survey asked respondents if “Thaksin’s moves and activities since his parole in February had helped improve the popularity of the Pheu Thai.” At least 41 percent of respondents said his activities and moves would have no effect at all, while 20 percent said Thaksin would have a positive impact on the party’s popularity.

The second question involved the survey asking the respondents “whether they thought Pheu Thai would win the next general election.” Around 33 percent of respondents thought it would be “impossible” for Pheu Thai to win the next general election, while 13 percent said it was “very likely” that the party would win.