6 June 2024

More than 60% of respondents in a recent opinion poll are worried that the eight coalition parties, led by Move Forward, may not be able to form a government and that Pita Limjaroenrat may miss out on becoming Thailand’s 30th prime minister.

58.33% of the respondents are not confident that the formation of a new government will go smoothly, according to the Suan Dusit Poll by Suan Dusit University.

The poll shows that 52.14% of the respondents are most concerned with the high cost of living and 51.90% are concerned about the formation of the new government following the May 14th general election.

72.63%, admit that they have become more interested in politics during this election and, when they are concerned about political affairs, 46.38% of them said they consult their loved ones or close friends, according to the poll.

The poll shows that 67.83% of the respondents are afraid that voting for the new prime minister, in a joint session of MPs and senators, may not meet the aspirations of the people and the eight coalition parties may not succeed in forming a government due to excessive politicking.

The eight party coalition comprises Move Forward, Pheu Thai, Prachachart, Thai Sang Thai, Thai Liberal, Fair, Pheu Thai Ruam Palang and New Social Power (Plung Sungkom Mai). They have a combined 313 votes in the House, which is still 63 short of the number required to push Pita’s quest to become prime minister through parliament. Hence, they need the support of at least 63 senators or non-coalition MPs.

Additionally, the Move Forward and the Pheu Thai parties are at the logger heads over which of them should take the House speakership.