In a recent poll by Suan Dusit, it seems Thaksin Shinawatra came out miles ahead as the most popular Thai Rak Thai member of those 111 who were banded from politics for 5 years. No great surprise there, is there? The five-year political ban for the 111 ends on May 30th, so it probably won’t be that long before Thaksin is prime minister in Thailand again, a job he was illegally kicked out of by a military coup in 2006.
The Suan Dusit poll was conducted with just 2,592 Thais throughout Thailand (why do polls have such a small sampling in Thailand? It’s hardly a fair representation). Out of those polled, 86.74 percent liked Thaksin the most (which was evidenced when his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, won the last election by a landslide), followed by 79.95 percent for Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, and 73.68 percent for Pavena Hongsakula.
Others who voters like include Chaturon Chaisaeng, Suwat Liptapanlop, Sonthaya Khunploem, Somkid Jatusripitak, Newin Chidchob, Surakiart Sathirathai, and Pongthep Thepkanchana.
There’s no word yet, though, on how many of the formerly-banned Thai Rak Thai members plan on running for political office again, although we can guess at least three that might (Thaksin, Somkid and Newin).
Meanwhile, we’d love to have seen Abhisit Vejjajiva’s face when he read the news about Thaksin’s popularity. After all, he’s never going to have that level of popularity, no matter how much he goes on about Thaksin, Most Thais just like Thaksin and they’ll never like Abhisit. Dude, deal with it.