Support for PM and 1Malaysia increases

June 8th, 2010 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Latest Merdeka Center survey says PM Najib’s approval rating increased by 3% last Month (69% in April to 72% in May). The telephone survey was of 1,028 registered voters aged 21 and above, in peninsular Malaysia, from May 6 to 16.

The results also showed that 53% of voters chose “fighting corruption” as the most important issue the Government should concentrate on.

The poll revealed that 61% of the respondents were dissatisfied with efforts to fight corruption while 57% were dissatisfied with efforts to combat crime.

Malaysiakini has some summary of the survey:

The upward trend in Najib’s approval rating was consistent for all three races since Merdeka Centre began gauging his popularity in March last year.

However, Najib’s high approval rating does not translate into comparable responses to subsequent questions, with many respondents expressing skepticism over his major plans. 

For example, only 50 percent of respondents were “confident” that Najib could achieve his targets for his 1Malaysia concept, Government Transformation Plan and New Economic Model, within two years. 

Of the three races, Indians (65 percent) and Malays (60 percent) were confident that it could be achieved while conversely, Chinese (60 percent) were not confident it could be done. 

In another question, 58 percent of respondents agreed that Najib’s administration were good planners but weak implementers, like his predecessors. 

Almost three quarters of Chinese respondents (74 percent) agreed to this statement, followed by Malays (51 percent) and Indians (43 percent).

The survey was done between May 6 and 16 this year – a 10-day period just after the Hulu Selangor by-election (April 25) and before the Sibu by-election (May 16).

Najib’s popularity confirms that he is still the key asset in the BN’s electoral campaign.

His approval rating was a dismal 44 percent when he took over as the economy was slipping into unforgiving negative territory, and he seemed vulnerable as he was pelted by bad news everywhere he turned.

According to Merdeka Centre, a total of 1,028 Malaysians were randomly surveyed by telephone and the poll has an error margin of 3.1 percent.

Interestingly, almost half or 47 percent of the respondents said they are unemployed or “not in the workforce”.

Crime and corruption

On the government’s six National Key Result Areas (NKRA), majority of respondents said they were “satisfied” with the:

  • Government’s assistance to the needy
  • Improvement of rural living standards
  • Improvement in urban public transport
  • Improvement in primary and secondary education

On the negative side, 61 percent of respondents said they were unsatisfied with government efforts to stamp out corruption, while 57 percent said they were unsatisfied with crime reduction efforts.

Compared to a similar questioned asked in a December 2009 survey, there was a marked increase in dissatisfaction over the government’s graft-busting effort, from 52 percent to 61 percent.

Similarly, disgruntlement over crime-fighting efforts were up from 46 percent in December 2009 to 57 percent in the current survey.

In terms of satsifaction to improvements to education and transport, ratings increased only marginally compared to December 2009 data.

Follow-up questions on areas which need the most attention from the authorities saw respondents choosing graft-busting and crime reduction as the government’s main priorities.

Najib introduced the NKRAs on July 27 last year and appointed lead ministers for each NKRA to ensure achievement-based management.

Survey Slides: http://www.merdeka.org/v2/index.php?option=com_jotloader&section=files&task=download&cid=70_3b8f044921f17618a271703891135b9d&Itemid=68

Interesting to note that 80% of the Indians approve of the PM’s performance so far. Not sure if the statistics will drop after the annual JPA, matriculation and IPTA disappointment is highlighted this month.

Meanwhile, 1Malaysia concept is now accepted by 80 percent of the people. This survey involved 12,200 respondents, but not details on the survey demographics.

The 1Malaysia concept is now accepted by 80 percent of the people in the country, Information director-general Abdullah Murad said.  He said the remaining comprised those staying in the interior areas where they had problems having access to information on the concept which was introduced by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak two years ago.

“Understanding also varies because of political differences,” he told reporters after opening the “Bersama Mu 1Malaysia” programme at the Cancun Park National Service Training Centre, Kampung Kangkung in Pasir Mas, Kelantan, yesterday.

Abdullah said the statistic was obtained from a study which involved 12,200 respondents in the country.

“We will get our officers to explain the matter to those who have yet to accept the 1Malaysia concept,” he added.

I won’t be surprised if the Indian community are supportive of the 1Malaysia campaign as well. We are actually quite easily swayed. Its a double-edged sword because the community can be considered ungrateful (like Ibrahim or Peter Chin likes to say) and it also keeps the politicians on the edge because have to win over the community from time to time with some small tokens.

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