Bangkok — Thailand’s amnesty bill controversy has resulted in the Democrat Party becoming more popular nationwide than the ruling Pheu Thai Party, according to the latest poll.
The poll conducted November 7-8 showed the Democrat’s popularity at 37.2%, compared to Pheu Thai’s 28.2%, the Bangkok Post reported.
In June, the poll showed Pheu Thai’s popularity at 41% to the Democrat’s 31.7%.
Similarly, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s popularity decreased, while opposition Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva’s rose.
Yingluck’s was at 26.7%, compared to Abhisit’s 34.8%.
In June, Yingluck’s popularity stood at 40.4% and Abhisit’s at 31.7%.
The poll conducted by the research center of Bangkok University used a random sampling method in a telephone survey of 1,122 people throughout Thailand.
When asked if the government should dissolve the House of Representatives, 41.1% agreed, 38.7% disagreed, and 20.2% had no comment.
Asked whether the government would keep its promise not to reintroduce an amnesty bill throughout its term, 46.2% said they did not believe it, 27% thought it would keep its word, and 26.8% were not certain.