Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Polls II: Sukhumbhand Vs. Pongsapat

Updating from the last post, ABAC has released new poll results showing that Puea Thai challenger Pol. Gen. Pongsapat Pongcharoen now leads incumbent Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra. ABAC asked Bangkok voters the question - if the election were held today, which candidate would they choose? 

Of the 1,766 surveyed, 41.8% said they would choose Pongsapat, 32.1% Sukhumbhand and 14.3% Independent candidate Lt. Gen Seripisut Temiyavet. The survey notes that Pongsapat's poll numbers have risen from 32.1% before he became a candidate, while Sukhumbhand's have also risen from 31.7%. 

The survey results can be found here. The pollsters also asked several other questions in the survey. One interesting result was that 80.3% said they want to see a lot of change after the election, which could be telling about who the voters end up choosing. Pongsapat for change?

If Pongspat, also nicknamed Judi Event, manages to pull this off then it would be a yet another huge blow to the Democrat party, who were soundly defeated in the July 2011 election. On his nickname, he is called Judi and the Event part refers to his media savvy style, which is on full display here in this short campaign ad clip. 

Photo c/o MCOT (If Pongsapat wins, then hopefully he can replace all the old clunker buses like the one he is getting off of in the picture. It would be a huge boost to Bangkok's air quality as well as its image as a modern, progressive city. It is long overdue, as some of those buses look like they were built in the 1960s. Tourists, which are an important driver to the economy, are also quick to cringe and poke fun at these old dinosaurs)

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