MORE than 70 per cent of people surveyed in a new Suan Dusit Poll across the country have confidence in Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Over three quarters of respondents were pleased with the government’s tackling of graft over the past two years, the highest figure, while the economy and bread-and-butter issues remain the areas people most want improved.
The opinion poll was conducted on 1,293 people from Monday till Saturday.
It found that 26 per cent and 46 per cent of those surveyed were very confident or fairly confident in PMPrayut respectively. They said that the PM had accomplished many things in the past two years and was capable of dealing with immediate problems, besides being a good, hard-working, and sincere person.
Some 19 per cent and 8 per cent said they were not very confident and not confident at all in the PM respectively because they thought he had a problem controlling himself and he came to power through a coup, which made scrutiny of his government impossible.
The survey also revealed the five most satisfying works undertaken by the Prayut administration.
More than 75 per cent said they were impressed with the corruption fighting both in the private and public sector.
Some 71 per cent were satisfied with the forest reclamation measures, as well as actions taken against people who had encroached on preserved forests.
Peacekeeping, social order, and drug crackdowns came third with 70.6 per cent of the respondents voicing satisfaction with those measures.
A survey showed that 65.5 per cent of respondents in Thailand were satisfied with government efforts to tackle human trafficking after the country was raiseed from Tier 3 to Tier 2 in the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report.
The fifth most satisfying measure was the reduction in petrol and energy prices (63.4 per cent).
As for what needs improvement the most, 82.6 per cent said the economy and 78.6 said bread-and-butter, cost of living, and quality of life issues.
The deep South conflict was third on the list with 73 per cent saying the government should speed up its work to deal with the issue. The constitution and the writing of organic laws and law changes came fourth (67 per cent).
The fifth issue deemed in need of most improvement was the agricultural sector, including the fall in prices for agricultural products.
As for the government’s overall performance, two thirds – 66 per cent – said they were confident in the regime, reasoning that it had been decisive and able to tackle problems quickly and followed the roadmap, as planned.
In another survey by Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Business Administration conducted on 4,000 respondents, PM Prayut earned a score of 8.63 points out of 10 for helping people ease bread-and-butter problems over the past two years.
Trade and investment, security, political conflict, and corruption were named as areas that people want the government to tackle the most.