Poll shows that Thais trust Thaksin


  • AseanPlus News
  • Tuesday, 22 Jul 2003

AN opinion poll on trust and credibility has shown that Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is still the most popular leader in the country, even among the capital’s residents who traditionally mistrust politicians. 

Results of a Dusit poll released on Sunday showed that people had complete confidence in the Prime Minister with 1,197 respondents saying that he was “beyond reproach”. 

When asked to compare the country’s many vocal academics to politicians, 51% of the respondents said that academics were more reliable. However, in comparing Thaksin to academics, 53% said that the Prime Minister was more trustworthy than any scholar. 

In his radio address last week, Thaksin said that the country would be free of its International Monetary Fund (IMF) debts at the end of this month. 

Thaksin’s popularity ratings have also clearly boosted the strength of his five-year old Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party. 

Party leaders are so confident of the people’s support that they are predicting that TRT would win between 350 and 400 seats out of the 500 seats in parliament in the next general elections, due by 2005. 

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