A majority of people are not satisfied with Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon’s performance as caretaker prime minister, according to the result of an opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll.
The poll was conducted on Sept 5-7 in telephone interviews with 1,312 people aged 18 or over of various levels of education, occupations and incomes.
They were asked for their opinions on Gen Prawit’s performance during the past two weeks as caretaker prime minister after the Constitutional Court suspended Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha from his duties pending the court’s ruling on his 8-year tenure.
Asked whether it would be appropriate for Gen Prawit, in his caretaker position, to reshuffle the cabinet, most of them, 58.92% said “no” – with 46.34% saying it would not be appropriate at all and 12.58% said it would not probably be appropriate. On the other side, 21.57% said it would definitely be appropriate, while 16.00% said it might be appropriate.
The rest, 3.51%, had no answer or were not interested.
Asked whether it would be appropriate for Gen Prawit to dissolve the House of Representatives and call a new election, a large majority, 80.34%, said “yes” – with 63.80% saying it would definitely be appropriate and 16.54% fairly appropriate. On the other side, 13.95% said it would not be appropriate at all and 4.40% were doubtful.
The rest, 0.91%, had no answer or were not interested.
Finally, when asked whether they were satisfied with Gen Prawit’s performance as caretaker prime minister during the past two weeks, a majority, 63.72%, said “no” – with 41.46% not satisfied at all and 22.26% mostly unsatisfied. On the other side, 22.87% said they were fairly satisfied and 8.46% completely satisfied.
The rest, 4.95%, had no answer or were not interested.