Bangkok Governor Polls – 2004

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Bangkok Governor poll of August 21-22: Apirak extends lead over Paveena
- August 27, 2004
From The Nation: Dear reader,
Thank you for your interest in our Thammasat-Nation poll. Here's the information we know you are looking for regarding the survey on leading candidates for the Bangkok governor election. (Latest release as of Aug 27, 2004)
1. Apirak Kosayodhin, no 1
2. Pavena Hongsakul, no 7
3. Chuwit Kamolvisit, no 15 and Chalerm Yoobumrung, no 3
4. Bhichit Rattakul, no 19
5. Mana Mahasuveerachai, no 5
6. Nitipoom Naowarat, no 21
Best Regards,
Nation Internet Department

'Pretty face' [Apirak] extends lead over 'activist' [Paveena] - The Nation, Aug 27, 2004
The front-running candidate in the two previous Thammasat-Nation polls continued to extend the lead in the latest survey on August 21-22, one week before Sunday's Bangkok governor election.
Meanwhile, the fourth-ranked candidate [Chalerm Yoobumrung] in the previous poll conducted on August 14-15 got more support from Bangkok's eligible voters and is now in joint-third place with the third-ranked candidate [Chuwit Kamolvisit] in the last survey...
They were followed by the "knows the office" [Bhichit Rattakul] with 2.8 per cent support, "the protege" [Mana Mahasuveerachai] (2.3 per cent) and the "globetrotter" [Nitipoom Naowarat] (1.9 per cent), the new entry with more than 1 per cent of the "votes". All other candidates got less than 1 per cent...

Resultes from the poll of August 14-15 - August 22, 2004
[Ed.: The Nation did not mention the date of this poll in the article, but subsequent research indicates the poll was taken over the weekend of August 14-15.]
The Nation
releases the names that go with their poll results to readers who write to them. The 'code-name' The Nation uses to refer to the candidates has been added in brackets [].
From The Nation email: Thank you for your interest in our Thammasat-Nation poll. Here's the information we know you are looking for regarding the survey on leading candidates for the Bangkok governor election. (Latest release as of Aug 22, 2004):

1. Apirak Kosayodhin, no 1 ["pretty-faced politician"]
2. Pavena Hongsakul, no 7
["renowned social activist"]
3. Chuwit Kamolvisit, no 15
["leisure tycoon"]
4. Chalerm Yoobumrung, no 3
["loving father"]
5. Bhichit Rattakul, no 19
["knows the office"]
6. Mana Mahasuveerachai, no 5
["the protege"]
Earlier: The results as of August 7-8:
1. Apirak Kosayodhin, no 1
["pretty-faced politician"]
2. Pavena Hongsakul, no 7
["renowned social activist"]
3. Chuwit Kamolvisit, no 15
["leisure tycoon"]
4. Bhichit Rattakul, no 19
["knows the office"]
5. Chalerm Yoobumrung, no 3
["loving father"]

Above: The Nation releases actual poll results to readers who write to them.
The Nation article that goes with the August 14 poll results is here: BANGKOK GOVERNOR POLL: Race for top job still wide open (The Nation, August 22, 2004) and an analysis is here: ANALYSIS: Thai Rak Thai may burn its fingers over Apirak (The Nation, August 22, 2004). More: OPINION SURVEY: Majority of voters in outlying districts remain undecided (The Nation, August 23, 2004).

'Undecided' takes the lead in city race - The Nation, August 21, 2004
...As the governor's race drags on, voters are growing increasingly undecided over who should pilot the City of Angels for the next four years, according to the latest Thammasat-Nation poll.
The figure for undecided voters reached 52 per cent in the last poll. Researchers said most undecided voters said they probably would check the "no-choice" box because none of the candidates or their policies seemed palatable to them.
Voters on the fence said this election had no outstanding candidates and no attractive policies. Most of these voters are educated, middle-class and - surprisingly - Thai Rak Thai supporters. They are unhappy with every candidate, including the ruling party's pet runner, Pavena Hongsakul...


Results from the poll of August 7-8 - August 17, 2004
...The second-place candidate in past ThammasatNation polls has shot up to take the lead for the first time in the latest survey, while undecided votes surged drastically to nearly 50 per cent...
Highprofile latecomer and former fifthplace candidate moved into fourth place, receiving a nod from 4.5 per cent of respondents. The former fourthplaced candidate – now in fifth – received 4.4 per cent.
The poll suggests the latecomer, now fourthplaced, gained votes at the expense of the former front runner. Both candidates have reportedly received backing from some factions of Thai Rak Thai...

The Nation invites their website readers to email them "for info on the Nation-Thammasat poll." Here is what you get if you email them:
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Thank you for sending us your email. Here's the information we know you are looking for regarding our NationThammasat poll on leading candidates for the Bangkok governor election.
1. Apirak Kosayodhin, no 1
2. Pavena Hongsakul, no 7
3. Chuwit Kamolvisit, no 15
4. Bhichit Rattakul, no 19
5. Chalerm Yoobumrung, no 3
Thank you,
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