The poll is just a poll

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha makes a point in response to a reporter’s question after a June 14 cabinet meeting. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha rejected opinion poll findings that put him behind the opposition’s Paetongtarn Shinawatra, saying his actions spoke louder than any political poll.

“A poll is just a poll,” Gen. Prayut told reporters on Monday, after a deep sigh.

He was asked about a Nida poll released on Sunday which showed him in third place as the preferred prime minister. The youngest daughter of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra topped the poll for the first time. Advance party leader Pita Limjaroenrat finished second.

The Prime Minister said his work speaks for itself. He worked for the majority and questioned the credibility of all opinion polls.

General Prayut in turn denounced the media which he said had nothing to read and reported without regard to fairness.

The Pheu Thai party welcomed the result of the survey by the National Institute of Development Administration.

Senator Wanchai Sornsiri said more time was needed to prepare her for such a post and warned that her political ambitions could end up like those of her predecessors.

Thaksin and his aunt Yingluck were removed from their posts as prime minister by military coups. Yingluck’s government was overthrown in 2014 by General Prayut when he was the commander-in-chief of the army.

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