Thailand opposition ahead in polls one week before general election

People in Thailand are set to vote in a general election on May 14. The largest opposition party is leading polls in the final stage of the campaign.

The Southeast Asian country has been ruled by the military-linked government since a coup nine years ago. The election will choose 500 members of the lower house of parliament.

Poll results released on May 3 show the largest opposition Pheu Thai Party is leading with a support rate of 38.3 percent. The party is affiliated with ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The Pheu Thai Party has fielded the former prime minister's daughter, Paetongtarn Shinawatra, as its candidate for prime minister. It is gaining support by calling for raising the minimum wage.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has joined a new party to retain his post. The United Thai Nation Party has a support rate of 12.1 percent.

The survey also shows that 34 percent of the respondents say they will vote for the Move Forward Party. The opposition group is gaining support from young voters.

All eyes are on whether the election will see a change of Thailand's military-linked government.