Chadchart Sittipunt Still Leads Polls on Bangkok’s Next Governor

The latest polls from the Suan Dusit Poll, Today Poll and NIDA Poll showed that the independent candidate in the Bangkok gubernatorial election, Chadchart Sittipunt, remains in the lead.

Mr. Chadchart, a former transport minister, has become one of the main front-runners. According to the Today Poll’s April census, which considered almost 25,000 eligible voters in the capital’s 50 districts, 21.14% of residents would vote for him.

The poll conducted by Dr. Punnatrik Israngkura Na Ayutthaya’s Research Project also suggested that 19.18% of voters supported Democrat Party candidate Dr. Suchatvee Suwansawat while 15.28% backed former governor Aswin Kwanmuang.

Move Forward candidate Wiroj Lakkhanaadisorn garnered 13.75% support, followed by independent candidate Sakoltee Phattiyakul (8.81%), Thai Sang Thai’s Sita Dhivari (8.21%) and independent Rosana Tositrakul (8.16). %).

Other pollsters also said Mr. Chadchart led the censuses. After surveying 2,522 people living in the capital, Suan Dusit Poll determined that 39.94% of voters seconded the former transport minister.

It also found that 14.16% of the respondents would vote for former Bangkok Governor Aswin. Furthermore, 13.37% said they would support the Democratic Party candidate Dr. Suchatvee, and 10% of the votes would go for the Move Forward candidate Wiroj.

The National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) also conducted an opinion poll, interviewing 1,357 people in Bangkok’s 50 districts. The NIDA found that Mr. Chadchart tops the candidate list with 44.58% support, followed by Mr. Aswin with 11.27% and Dr. Suchatvee with 8.99%.

The three pollsters said that between 80-85% of voters surveyed had already decided who to vote for while the rest were undecided. Most respondents also said they preferred to know more about each candidate’s policies.

Dr. Punnatrik Israngkura Na Ayutthaya’s Research Project also revealed eligible voters’ views on the issues the new governor should address. The results showed that 41.01% of Bangkok residents expected action to alleviate their economic difficulties, while 12.58% wanted improvements in traffic jams and transportation.

Also, 12.12% of those surveyed agreed that the new governor should improve their quality of life, 11.83% mentioned security needs, and 10.65% asked for cleanliness and a better environment in the capital.

Mr. Chadchart has gained popularity among voters thanks to his policies. The leading candidate promised to improve education and health, ease residents’ burden, enhance travel services and highlight each area’s unique characteristics to boost revenue.

The former transport minister has also received support from female voters, accounting for over 40% of poll respondents, after vowing to hand out free sanitary pads to women.