11 July 2024

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has been named the most favoured minister among the top ten would-be ministers in an opinion survey of 1,254 people conducted by Suan Dusit Poll from June 19th to 22nd.

According to the poll, Somkid received 42.12% of the votes followed, in the following order, by Wissanu Krea-ngam, 37.58%; PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, 30.619%; Puttipong Punnakanta, 26.82%; Anupong Paochinda, 24.55%; Jurin Laksanawisit, 20%; M.R. Chatu Mongol Sonakul, 19.09%; Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich, 15.30%; Somsak Thepsuthin, 12.12% and Suriya Juangroongruangkit, 11.21%.

On the issue about the “strong points” of the cabinet, the poll shows PM Prayut’s leadership with junta’s support, 44.75%; support from various sectors because it is an elected government, 29.83%; and political experience because most are veteran politicians, 27.62%.

The cabinet’s “weak points” are:  several cabinet ministers are not recognized, 51.41%; many vested interests and image problems, 39.79%; lack of stability, 21.13%.

Regarding the respondents thoughts on the cabinet, the poll shows: 32.81% think there are vested interests and horse trading for cabinet seats; 28.13% think some would-be ministers are not qualified; 24.22% think there are too many old faces; 15.63% think the government formation took too long and 13.67% think better qualified individuals should be given the chance to serve in the cabinet.