Majority voters satisfied with Muhyiddin, PN – Merdeka Center

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Merdekat Center survey Perikatan Nasional PN Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin shows the cabinet members list during a special news conference on the appointment of Cabinet Ministers of his new government. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 09 MARCH 2020 Merdeka Center for Opinion Research
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin shows the cabinet members list during a special news conference on the appointment of Cabinet Ministers of his new government.PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 09 MARCH 2020

By Norlaile Abd Rahman

KUALA LUMPUR – Approximately 69 percent of voters were satisfied with the performance of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the Prime Minister.

A survey by the Merdeka Center for Opinion Research found some significant ethnic variances, whereby 9 out of 10 Malay and Bumiputera from Sabah and Sarawak gave the PM the thumbs up while 65% of Indian and only 33% Chinese were satisfied with the Member of Parliament of Pagoh.

“The prime minister’s approval rating continues to be in a comfortable, positive territory considering that he has held the position since March 2020,” said the Merdeka Center in a statement today.

Besides Muhyiddin, similar tendency was also found in the public evaluation of the Federal Government. 58% of the voters are happy with the performance of the Perikatan Nasional government led by Muhyiddin while 28% were dissatisfied and angry.

“Interestingly, gap of income is one of the indicators to differentiate who agree or disagree with the performance of the government.

“Around three-quarter of the respondents whose household income is less than RM2,000 per month expressed positive views towards the Federal Government but only 40% were positive among those whose household income were higher than RM7,000 per month,” said the report.

The survey which was completed on 10 August also evaluated the opinion of its respondents on the direction of the country.

According to the survey, 51% of the respondents felt the country was headed in the right direction. Although the number is slightly lower than May this year, but it is still significantly higher than last six months. Between July 2019 and February 2020, only a quarter of Malaysian thought the country was moving on the right track.

For those who answered the country is in the right direction, 26% of them have attributed to good administration of the government while 21% happy with the leadership. Meanwhile, 34% of respondents feel that the country is at the wrong track. Almost one-third (31%) are frustrated because of perceived political instability, and 17% complained about economic problems such as unemployment and an adverse business climate.

The survey was carried out by Merdeka Center between 15 July to 10 August 2020 to gauge voters’ perceptions towards the economy, leadership and current issues. 3,415 registered voters comprising 52% Malay, 29% Chinese, 7% Indian, 6% Muslim Bumiputra, 6% Non-Muslim Bumiputra, (from Sabah and Sarawak), reflective of the national electoral profile, were interviewed via fixed line and mobile telephones.

Respondents were selected on the basis of random stratified sampling along age group, ethnicity, gender and state constituency. –MalaysiaGazette

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