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Thai government's popularity declines

The popularity of Thailand's interim government slipped to 4.32 points out of 10 points during its administration over the past nine months, according to a recent survey conducted by the Bangkok University Poll.

The survey was conducted among 1,258 people living in Bangkok and outlying areas between June 29 and July 4.

The poll said that indicators after the first six months of administration by the government of Prime Minister Gen. Surayud Chulanont, the government scored 4.53 points out of 10 and earned 5.27 points in the first three months.

Not even 15 per cent of the respondents in the survey felt that the overall situation had improved during the government's nine-month tenure, while more than twice that number -- almost one-third, or 31.6 per cent said the situation remained unchanged. Over one-third -- 34.9 per cent -- said it had worsened.

Nearly one-third -- 31.6 per cent -- said that the government's attempts to solve violence in the restive South were acknowledged as the biggest challenge facing the government, while 12 per cent said its efforts to tackle economic problems was the main challenge.

Out of 10 points, Gen. Surayud scored 5.33 points as the hardest working person in his cabinet followed by Public Health Minister Mongkol Na Songkhla 4.94 points, and Tourism and Sports Minister Suwit Yodmanee 4.92 points, according to the poll. (TNA)


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