THAILAND: PMs TV ratings drop

National Statistical Office reports that interest in watching the prime minister's weekly program dropped from 45.2 percent to 25.9 percent in three months

Bangkok Post
Friday, August 21, 2009

Audience interest in the "Confidence in Thailand with PM Abhisit" weekly TV programme on NBT has dropped substantially, the National Statistical Office (NSO) reported on Friday.

NSO secretary-general Thannanuch Trithippayabutr said a survey on the government's popularity after six months in office found that the number of people interested in watching the prime minister's weekly TV programme dropped to 25.9 per cent in June.

The response was 45.2 per cent when the NSO made a similar survey three months into the government's term, Mrs Thannanuch said.

Asked about the government policies, the majority supported the 500 baht a month cost of living allowance for the elderly, healthcare for all and 15-years free education. They wanted more government policies that help ease people's economic hardship.

Most also opposed the push to amend the charter. Projects opposed by more than 50 per cent of the respondents included community sufficiency economy, career sprout and one tambon, one product (Otop).

The survey, from June 8 to 16, involved 3,900 households nationwide.