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Mixed Reviews for Srettha Thavisin’s Leadership: Public Opinion Poll Reveals Insights

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New cabinet members led by Mr Srettha Thavisin gather for a photo session at the Santi Maitree Building in Government House before their first meeting on May 7, 2024. (Photo: Chanat Katanyu).

Imagine the grandeur of a fresh political dawn! The Santi Maitree Building buzzed with anticipation as Mr. Srettha Thavisin led his new cabinet for an inaugural photo op before their very first meeting. It’s a moment worthy of history books and definitely one to catch the eye of public scrutiny, but how do the people of Thailand really feel about this new administration?

Ah, the art of governing in today’s digital age, where the court of public opinion rules supreme! A recent opinion poll conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration revealed some rather telling insights. Conducted on June 4-5, the poll captured the voices of 1,310 people from diverse backgrounds, ranging from fresh-faced high school graduates to seasoned professionals, all to measure the pulse of the nation regarding Mr. Srettha’s leadership since taking office last September.

So, how does Mr. Srettha fare in this grand popularity contest? To put it mildly—there’s room for improvement. When asked about their satisfaction with the government’s performance over the past nine months, the respondents seemed to echo a cacophony of grievances and praises:

  • 34.35% were mildly dissatisfied, grumbling about the “hurry up and wait” approach to major issues with no significant changes in sight.
  • 31.69% were very dissatisfied, launching verbal tirades about the complete lack of progress and broken election promises.
  • 25.19% were mildly satisfied, seeing a flicker of hope in the nation’s economy, crediting the government for putting in the effort with policies and measures that displayed tangible, albeit modest, results.
  • 7.40% were very satisfied, cheering on the administration for their dogged determination to elevate the people’s well-being.
  • And finally, 1.37% either didn’t know or simply weren’t interested. (We’ve all had those days!)

But wait, the roller coaster of public sentiment doesn’t stop there! The poll didn’t just measure current satisfaction but also peered into a more nebulous realm—future confidence. When asked if they believed Mr. Srettha and his team could tackle Thailand’s pressing issues effectively, here’s how the dice rolled:

  • 35.95% were not confident at all, brandishing placards (figuratively speaking) that bemoaned the lack of visible change and the absence of meaningful root-cause solutions.
  • 35.04% were not very confident, sighing that the Srettha administration had barely scratched the surface and failed to meet its lofty goals.
  • 22.14% were mildly confident, tipping their hats to the government’s administrative experience and skillset that, in their eyes, had the potential to navigate the country through stormy waters.
  • 5.42% were very confident, laying their trust in the government’s robust determination to steer Thailand towards a brighter tomorrow.
  • Again, 1.45% were blissfully enveloped in the cocoon of didn’t know/not interested.

It’s a cinematic narrative, brimming with mixed reviews that spell out a crucial message: The Srettha Thavisin administration has miles to go before it can bask in universal acclaim. As new policies get enacted and promises become action, only time will reveal if these cabinet members can turn skeptical frowns into approving nods.

Until then, the journey continues, with each poll acting as a checkpoint in the ever-evolving saga of Thailand’s political landscape. Mr. Srettha and his team have their work cut out for them, but isn’t that what makes democracy so beautifully unpredictable?


  1. Alex T June 9, 2024

    This administration is a joke. 66% of people are not satisfied or barely satisfied, yet they still hold power.

    • Joan K June 9, 2024

      Maybe, but they’re trying to fix issues that have been building up for years. It’s not easy to turn everything around in a short time.

      • Alex T June 9, 2024

        Trying isn’t enough. We need results, not excuses.

      • Kanchana June 9, 2024

        Joan, true. Anyone stepping into this role would’ve faced similar backlash.

    • Thomas Nguyen June 9, 2024

      Well, at least 7.4% are ‘very satisfied’! That’s something, right?

      • Diego R. June 9, 2024

        Thomas, is that really worth celebrating? It’s such a tiny fraction.

  2. Sara Mills June 9, 2024

    This poll just shows how divided we are as a nation.

    • Jakeman42 June 9, 2024

      Division isn’t always bad; it means we’re talking about the issues.

      • Sara Mills June 9, 2024

        Talking is one thing, but we need unity if we’re going to make real progress.

  3. Jen L June 9, 2024

    34.35% mildly dissatisfied isn’t a death sentence for any administration. There’s potential for growth.

    • Yusuf A. June 9, 2024

      True, Jen. If they pivot their strategy, it could win over more people.

  4. Eli W June 9, 2024

    I don’t get why 35.95% are not confident at all. If you give them the chance, they might actually make some significant improvements.

    • Michael Peters June 9, 2024

      Eli, those people have seen broken promises too many times.

  5. Priya June 9, 2024

    Future confidence numbers aren’t great. They need to focus on transparency and fulfilling promises.

    • Ravi S. June 9, 2024

      100% agree, Priya. Transparency can solve half the issues.

    • Nina W June 9, 2024

      But promises take time to fulfill. We can’t expect miracles overnight.

  6. Carter J. June 9, 2024

    It seems like the public is divided. As long as there’s no clear consensus, it’s hard to say whether the government is doing a good job or not.

  7. Meena Larsson June 9, 2024

    I’m glad at least some people see the effort being made by the government.

    • David23 June 9, 2024

      Meena, but effort isn’t enough. There needs to be significant progress.

  8. Oliver S June 9, 2024

    Why is no one talking about the real issue? Corruption!

  9. Grace H June 9, 2024

    Interesting how only 1.37% don’t know or aren’t interested. Shows that most people are engaged in politics.

    • Johnathon June 9, 2024

      Grace, being engaged doesn’t mean much if they’re just complaining without trying to understand the complexities.

  10. Melissa R June 9, 2024

    Mr. Srettha’s administration has potential, but potential means nothing without execution.

  11. Carlos M. June 9, 2024

    34.35% ‘mildly dissatisfied’ could be an opportunity for improvement if taken seriously.

    • Emma T June 9, 2024

      Carlos, true. They just need to act on this feedback constructively.

    • Carlos M. June 9, 2024

      Yep, Emma, actionable insights could turn the tide.

  12. Anika P June 9, 2024

    If past administrations couldn’t make a significant impact, Mr. Srettha’s won’t either.

  13. Timothy Lane June 9, 2024

    Public opinion is fickle. They just need some big wins to get the people’s support.

  14. Thomas Nguyen June 9, 2024

    The stats on confidence are alarming. How can we expect them to make changes if people don’t believe in them?

    • Rachel W. June 9, 2024

      Thomas, sometimes you just need one breakthrough to change public perception.

  15. Jake B. June 9, 2024

    7.4% very satisfied is a small number, but why are we not focusing on what these satisfied people see that others don’t?

  16. Katie H. June 9, 2024

    It’s interesting that 25.19% are mildly satisfied. What policies are making a positive impact for them?

  17. Lucas June 9, 2024

    I think the problem is deeper than just the administration. It’s about the entire political system.

    • Sophia K June 9, 2024

      Lucas, absolutely. Changing one leader doesn’t fix systemic issues.

  18. James Kelley June 9, 2024

    Future confidence numbers being low could impact future elections more than we realize.

  19. Beth C June 9, 2024

    Anyone else worried that only 5.42% are very confident? Doesn’t bode well for morale.

  20. Andrea V. June 9, 2024

    At this point, I have more faith in local governance than the national administration.

    • Harold June 9, 2024

      I feel the same way, Andrea. Local governance sometimes addresses issues more directly.

  21. Nora L June 9, 2024

    The administration’s focus should shift to addressing the core issues more transparently.

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