Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha (Source: bangkokpost)

 

Bangkok (VNA) - General Prayut Chan-o-cha is the public's leading choice for the prime minister's post of Thailand, according to the result of an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was carried out from September 5-8 on 1,132 people throughout the country to compile their opinions on the upcoming election, which is tentatively set for early 2019.

Asked to name their choice for the prime minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha came first with 24.72 percent.

Former Thai PM and leader of the Democrat Party Abhisit Vejjajiva was second at 17.57 percent, closely followed by Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan of the Pheu Thai Party (16.53 percent). 

Emerging political figure and entrepreneur Thanathorn Jungroongreangkit was fourth at 14.63 percent. Meanwhile, ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra, who has been on a self-exile, was fifth at 13.5 percent.  

The remaining choices included former PMs Chuan Leekpai and Yingluck Shinawatra.

Asked whether they would vote for former members of parliament or new faces, a majority of nearly 70 percent said they would be open to both, while 16.15 percent said they would stick to former MPs and 13.97 percent said they would rather vote for new faces.-VNA