A majority of people do not want to see Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha take over Gen Prawit Wongsuwon as leader of the Palang Pratharath Party (PPRP) or set up his own party for the next general election, according to the result of an opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll.
The poll was conducted by telephone interviews on Sept 13-16 on 1,317 people aged 18 and over of various levels of education and occupations throughout the country to compile their opinions on the possibility for Gen Prayut to consolidate his power after the no-confidence debate.
Although Gen Prayut managed to receive sufficient votes of confidence and stay on as prime minister, internal rifts emerged in the PPRP, the core of the coalition government, as there were reports of some party core members led by PPRP secretary-general Capt Thamanat Prompow maneuvering to unseat Gen Prayut by lobbying for coalition MPs of small parties to vote against him.
As a consequence of the alleged attempt to unseat him, Gen Prayut removed Capt Thamanat as deputy agriculture and cooperatives minister and Narumol Pinyosinwat as deputy labour minister.
Asked to comment on the removal of Capt Thamanat and Ms Narumol from the cabinet, the respondents’ answers varied:
– 23.99% said the action was appropriate;
– 23.54% said the three powerful figures in the party – Gen Prayut, Gen Prawit and Gen Anupong Paojinda – were only playing a political game and they would remain united;
– 17.16% said the action was inappropriate;
– 16.70% predicted more rifts in the PPRP;
– 11.92% said Gen Prayut’s political popularity would shrink;
– 7.67% said Gen Prayut and his government would be less secure;
– 4.10% said Gen Prayut, Gen Prawit and Gen Anupong were breaking up;
– 3.57% said Gen Prayut and his government would become more consolidated;
– 3.11% said Gen Prayut would gain more popularity;
– 1.52% said the PPRP would be more consolidated; and
– The rest, 17.69%, had no answers or were not interested.
Asked to comment on a suggestion that Gen Prayut should take over Gen Prawit as PPRP leader, a majority, 56.11%, said Gen Prayut should not get involved in the PPRP’s internal affairs; 21.51% said it was not necessary for him to be the PPRP leader as long as he could keep it under control; 16.33% said he should not take over Gen Prawit as PPRP leader; and, 6.00% had no answers or were not interested.
Asked whether they thought Gen Prayut should set up a political party of his own for the next general election, a majority, 66.06%, disagreed. Of them, 58.24% said Gen Prayut failed in his administration, lacked leadership, not being able to solve the country’s problems and it was time for him to step down while 7.82% said he should make way for a more capable and knowledgeable person to take his place.
On the other side, 19.97% agreed, saying Gen Prayut was capable and decisive in solving problems and 10.10% fairly agreed, saying Gen Prayut made the people feel confident that under his leadership the country would be in peace and without division and he should set up his own political party so that he would be able to find qualify party members with the capability to make the country more developed.
The rest, 3.87%, had no answers or were not interested.Internet Explorer Channel Network