Prayut govt gets low score in performance rating: Suan Dusit Poll

The government under Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has received a low score of 5.35 out of 10 in its overall performance as it has about one year to go before a general election according to its political roadmap, an opinion poll conducted by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll, revealed on Sunday.

The poll was carried out on Feb 12-17 on 1,016 people throughout the country to compile their opinions on the government’s performance.

In the survey, the government was scored 5.35 out of 10 for its overall performance.

In separate fields of work, the government was scored 5.39 for its work in handling the social affairs; 4.94 for its economic work; 5.83 for security work; and, 4.64 for its handling of political affairs.

Asked to mention particular pieces of government work rated as satisfactory, 47.57% of the respondents were satisfied with its handling of law and order; 35.62% with assistance provided for farmers, low-income earners and victims of disasters; 34.96% with the suppression on drugs and people wielding dark influences; 23.45% with the developments of infrastructure, the transport system and high-speed trains; and, 21.45% with its handling of important ceremonies to adhere importance to the monarchy.

On government work rated as unsatisfactory, 53.05% of the respondents mentioned its poor handling of the economic problems; 37.28% its handling of corruption problems; 29.93% its failure to solve political problems; 23.30% its inability to solve problems over poverty and social disparities; and, 18.64% the purchase of military armaments including submarines.

Asked what they want the government to do during the period of about one year before the election, 46.68% wanted it to solve the economic problems; 34.73% to expedite the legislation of election-related laws; 32.30% to conduct corruption investigation on holders of political positions; 26.77% to improve health care for the people and welfare for the elderly; and, 24.12% to reform the bureaucracy.